It’s time to join a nonprofit board

Do you serve on a nonprofit board? You should.

Joan Garry shows why, at Why Everyone Should Join a Nonprofit Board:

  • You will learn patience. (I can vouch for this!)
  • You will learn how to ask for money.
  • You will have an experience that enriches your resume.
  • You will meet interesting people who will add to your sphere of influence.
  • You will learn to play nicely in the sandbox.
  • You will learn to appreciate that assets = liabilities.
  • You will learn how to run an effective meeting of people who don’t work for you.
  • You will stretch all your intellectual and emotional muscles.
  • You will fall more in love with your organization.

If you’re an experienced professional in fundraising, you will probably be a true voice of reason on your board, with the potential of saving the group from some of the common financial errors boards often make.

I’m on a couple of boards. The time and energy commitment is real. But worth it.


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