1. "RE: how can one be on the board of exec.'s for a non-profit org?" In response to Reply # 0
what type of npo would you want to sit for?
And based on the industry you are looking at, what can you offer the NPO? Do you have connects in that sector? Do you have some expertise they can utilize? Do you have access to lots of dough.
I work for a NPO(museum) and all of our board of directors are doctors, lawyers, bankers, accountants, professors(Ph.Ds), media personalities, high profile state employees, and business owners. They all bring something to the table that can further the organization.
2. "i got asked. (recently). my second line mgr asked me" In response to Reply # 0
b/c she is the president of a local nonprofit. the npa deals w/ the homeless, specifically providing shelter for families (temporary housing, and other services).
she knows that i do a lot of volunteer work, and also my knowledge of issues surrounding foster care and adoption (i'm on the speaker's bureau for foster parents in my county, plus am active in several more programs in my church and community).
also, i'm black. an they trying to 'diversify' their board/leadership (there's an obvious disconnect btw their organization and the population which comprises the majority of their clients, if you dig).
so now i got another set of meetings to attend monthly, and committee work, etc. but i respect their mission and results, and agree w/ their aims.
now, translating that... i'd say that if you wanted to get BoD experience, you should start by volunteering for a lot of local non-profits. many of them, you'll find, have unfilled director positions. if you develop a track record of serving, and demonstrate committment and vision, i'm sure that offers of leadership will follow. (if you want to push the issue, i'd suggest that when volunteering you inquire about their board structure and status -- depending upon what your goals are, if you're upfront, they could probably at least spell out for you what requirements they have).
btw, i also used to be on the bd of directors for a pop warner football organization. similar deal. i volunteered to coach, and was doing so (before i even had kids old enough to be in the program) and was eventually asked.
you can find out a lot about how organizations are run. i think it's also good leadership training, as well. seeing how decisions are made, and learning to steer large groups of people. (also, you get to see how petty and simple people can be, but that's with any group of people).
hope that helps.
peace & blessings,
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"and next time when he get it he'll waste it on somethin' useful" - MF Doom
No one will give you a spot because you want it. Smaller NPO are used to having volunteers drift in and out. They are looking for someone who has proven they will work hard and stay around. Expect to work for a couple of years before going to the board (small NPOs, bigger ones expect much more expertise).
Everyone has the opportunity for greatness, not fame, but greatness, for greatness only requires service--Martin Luther King Jr
4. "thanks to all that have responded thusfar...." In response to Reply # 0
part of the reason, why I do want to sit on the board is to make an impact in the community as well as see how org's liek that is run on a macro business level with all the dynamics involved that regualr volunteers normally do not see.
once again, thanks...
and I am open to more suggestions, discussions, hints/tips etc.
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