How To Do a Good Job on a Nonprofit Board
So you've joined the board of a nonprofit where you care about the mission and the work, you think you can be useful, and you like some of the people you'll be working with--the ones you've met so far. What do you do next in order to be productive?
1. Learn more about the organization and the community you serve.
Spend some time with the nonprofit's CEO (and if appropriate and necessary, the CFO and senior program people) learning about the organization, its core programs, and the business model.
Make a site visit to learn about core programs and the organization's key clients and constituents.
Understand the revenue model, who the funders are and their interests, and the funding challenges and opportunities.
Be observant in the board meetings about who leads, and the nature of the group dynamics.
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