| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
~ January 2007 ~ Topic
Do You Just Love Me For My Money?
One of my students at Harper College in Illinois said, "When you're asked to serve on a board, really all they want is for you to give and get money. They don't really care about your ideas."
Too often this is true. Staff often regards board members as required nuisances who don't understand what needs to be done; who are not "experts" as they are; and who should just raise the money so paid staff can decide what needs to be done and perhaps even receive a salary increase.
Yes, board members should do their best to raise money to implement the priorities of the organization, but board members represent the community and have a voice in deciding those priorities. The board governs the organization and is responsible for making sure the mission is being implemented; that all resources are used legally; and that the organization is worthy of the tax exemption it has received. Its a big responsibility the volunteers assume, and staff members are wrong to love them only for their money.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
Jeanne H. Bradner
Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.
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