FAQ – Why would a nonprofit board want ME as a board member? What do I have to offer?
Thinking about joining a nonprofit board but not sure where to begin? Many BoardAssist candidates start by reading our book Giving Back, downloadable from the top of every page of our website. Don’t have the time to read our whole booklet on what to think about before joining a board? That’s where our new FAQ blog series comes in. We’re pulling out the most frequently asked questions about board service from Giving Back and starting with this first installment, plan to share them with you in the BoardAssist blog. Stay tuned!
From Giving Back:
FAQ – Why would a nonprofit board want me?
Roughly 1.8 million board seats turn over every year in this country. There is an enormous need for engaged board members in the nonprofit community.
BoardAssist candidates tend to be people who have always been leaders and want to be agents of change. This enthusiasm for creative and innovative thinking makes BoardAssist candidates quickly stand out. But for most of our candidates, your greatest assets are the knowledge and experience you have gathered from working in the for-profit world; skills that many nonprofit boards sorely lack and desperately need. It is not an overstatement to say, that for many of our clients, our candidates’ skills are the critical key to maintaining a financially sustainable enterprise.
Most nonprofits are started by someone with a dream to make the world a better place. Maybe he is a public school teacher who develops an after-school literacy program for under-served children in his community. He reaches out to his three best friends and their three girlfriends, and his brother, and his board is complete. But is there someone on this founding team who can review the financial statements for this organization? Draft a budget? Create a strategic plan? Someone who can gather data on best practices at the fifty other after-school literacy programs in New York? And research the best programs in other cities? Someone who will set up the necessary financial controls? It may be that the original team can do these things….but are they most qualified to do so? The skills you bring with your business background often add a much needed and different voice to many nonprofit boards. You are the reason the nonprofit community turns to BoardAssist first when they want a dynamic new presence or leadership.
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.