How To Do a Good Job on a Nonprofit Board

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How To Do a Good Job on a Nonprofit Board

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Once you join a nonprofit board, how do you make sure you do a great job and enjoy the experience? See
Friday, September 11, 2009 - 6:00pm


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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