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BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

They are volunteers, too!
Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~September 2012~

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DO I BELONG ON THIS BOARD?

Volunteer Today focuses its efforts on aiding those who manage volunteers—board, committee, administrative, programmatic, and more.  This article is for people who are considering serving on a board or committee.  Something like this should be included in a packet of information for anyone who is being recruited to serve on a board or take a spot on a committee.  Helping people make the right volunteer service decision is part of the task of administrators of volunteers.  Turn these questions into a checklist for volunteer contemplating a new position in the organization.

  • Is the work of the organization interesting to me?
  • Am I willing to introduce friends and family to the work of the organization?
  • Would I be willing to serve in a volunteer position with the organization prior to assuming a leadership position?
  • Are my skills compatible with the needs of the organization to accomplish its mission?
  • Do I share the same goals as the organization?
  • What amount of time per month do I have available to devote to duties as a leadership volunteer?
  • Do I have to raise money for the organization?  Can I do that?
  • Do I know other people on the board/committee?  What do I know about his/her experience? Are they people I want to work with?
  • Do I know the staff?  Can I work with them?
  • What is the relationship between board and staff; staff and volunteers; and among volunteers?
  • Is this board/committee a match with my value/belief system?
  • Is this organization a place where I would donate substantial time and money?

 


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