Board Member Motivation

TO SERVE, TO WORK,board members
TO JOIN, TO LEARN

Out of 27 choices, these are the ten responses chosen most often by board members when asked why they first joined a nonprofit board.

1. To serve the organization and contribute to its success
2. To be helpful to others
3. To contribute to society
4. Sense of duty/commitment to the mission
5. To help the par­ticular group that this organization serves
6. To share my expertise and professional skills
7. Out of loyalty to and respect for the organization
8. I have a desire to work with others
9. To learn more about the orga­nization and the cause it supports
10. Opportunity for personal growth

Source: Board Member Motivation at Georgia Non­profits, GCN/Old Dominion University/Seattle University

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