Being a Good Board Member Sobel & Co. Nonprofit & Social Services June 12, 2007
Today’s Agenda – From a Board Member’s Perspective • Why is it important to be a responsible board member? • What are the characteristics of a “good” board member?
Why it is important • Your organization relies on you • Intellectual capital • Energy and passion • Revenue generation • Ensure continuity • You set a standard for loyalty • You help keep the position from being a “resume builder”
Selecting the right organization • Align your passion with your volunteer efforts • Understand the group’s goals • Visit their website • Attend programs • Join a committee • Meet other board and committee members
What does the job entail? • Champion the mission and values • Know the history of the organization • Share your expertise • Know what the organization expects • Attend meetings • Read minutes in advance • Understand financial statements
Where should you spend time? • Participating on committees • Fund raising • Attending events • Networking in the community
Accepting the role • Be realistic about the time commitment • Have a sense of responsibility • Provide continuity
Questions and answers • Do you have any best practices or experiences to share? • Any questions or concerns about your board position?