Philosophically, we believe that nonprofits are inherently relational, and that the single most important relationship is the one between the board and chief executive.
If the relationship between the board and chief executive is not a constructive partnership, then many other aspects of the organization can stumble or fail. For instance, a lack of planning toward a vision can result in the organization struggling to raise enough resources to balance the budget, or no one operating from the same page or in the same direction.
Why is the relationship between the board and chief executive so important? Because it’s the foundation upon which all decisions are made.
Why should you join a nonprofit board?
- To advocate for a cause and/or a community aligned with your passion.
- To offer specialized expertise and counsel aligned with the organization’s needs.
- To give back to the community aligned with your time and resources.
When you are ready to join a board, DO ask questions (lots of questions), experience the mission, and understand the business model before saying yes. And when you commit, DON’T make assumptions or overcommit. Your service as a board member is more than just volunteering — it means you agree to fulfill the legal and ethical duties of care, loyalty, and obedience, in addition to fulfilling your roles and responsibilities to the organization and the community.
The fabric of society is woven with nonprofits. What mission are you willing to serve?
Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO