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FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: Does it matter that I’ve never served on a nonprofit board before?

Have you been following our new blog series on the most frequently asked questions we hear from candidates considering joining a nonprofit board?  All the answers have always be available in our book Giving Back, downloadable from the top of every page of our website.  But many of our candidates don’t have the time to read our whole booklet on what to think about before joining a board.   So we’re pulling out the most frequently asked questions about board service from Giving Back and sharing them with you.  Hope you find the series helpful.

From Giving Back:

FAQ:  Does it matter that I’ve never served on a nonprofit board before?

No.  Most nonprofit boards want young professionals who will grow with them.  A good board is diverse. And most nonprofits are eager to hear from people of all ages.  On a practical note, it’s critical for any smart nonprofit to groom their next generation of leadership by bringing younger voices to the table.  Your relative “inexperience” can be a big advantage!

Many organizations have had less than optimal experiences with well intentioned board members who sit on too many other boards and don’t have time to focus in any material way.  Other nonprofits value the freshness and energy of someone who has never served on a board.  Some of our most engaged, enthusiastic board members are serving for the first time.  It’s not a secret in the nonprofit community…less experienced board members are often the best.


Want to read more of the FAQs folks ask us before joining a nonprofit board?  Learn more by downloading Giving Back, our guide to nonprofit board service, complete with case studies and answers to the FAQs we are asked most about board service.

Ready to dive in and start exploring the perfect board for you?  Tell us more about what matters most to you – what your dream board looks like – and we’ll get started.