Through engaging networking opportunities, I’ve run across the following question multiple times – “how do I get started on a board?” This questions has come from the Millennial generation; however, it can apply to others. The answer I have heard from local leaders, Stewardship Nominees, consultants, and board members is volunteer or join a committee.
It is sound advice and here are the reasons why. First, you get a picture of the organization – where are they in the nonprofit lifecycle, current financial standing, etc. Second, you get a chance to truly learn about the programs and services being offered. Thirdly, you get to meet and work with staff, other volunteers, board members, program participants, etc.
No matter what, you should only consider joining a board if you are passionate about the organization!
If board service is on your mind, feel free to check out the PCNRC’s Nonprofit Directory. The directory includes local nonprofits that are looking for board members. Click here to see the directory.