| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
~ March 2007 ~ Topic
Board Members are Volunteers, Too
Organizations with paid staff often forget that board members are volunteers. They only think of volunteers as people who provide direct service to the clients or the staff. But board members are also volunteers, albeit basically governance volunteers.
Board members should be invited to volunteer recognition events and introduced. At least one board member should serve on the volunteer advisory committee so that he/she can report back to the board about volunteer programs the board may not be aware of.
There are many advantages to all this--the principal one being giving all volunteers a sense that they are important to the organization and members of an organization whose volunteers, while doing different jobs, are all focused on the same mission. It can help eliminate unfortunate feelings of "we" versus "they."
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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