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How to get onto a Board

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by patrickBOOTH, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    So I found an organization that I want to be on the board of. Can it hurt to just email them and ask if I can be on their board as a volunteer? This organization just accepts donations, but it doesn't say anything about time. Is it worthwhile to offer to volunteer somehow to get involved?
     
  3. Harold falcon

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    NAMBLA isn't taking new board members at this time.
     
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    Well played, sir.
     
  5. mimo

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    I would suggest expressing a strong interest in the interest matter of the organisation as your opening gambit, with your specialist skills (unless they are the interest matter) and broader administrative background, later. I mean, you wouldn't want them to think you were just trying to get on a board to pad your CV. But yeah, do it. What's to lose?
     
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    good info ,i like it,I've served on a couple of boards. In both cases, I knew other board members professionally, and was asked to join.thanks
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  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    Khayembii Communique Well-Known Member

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    I volunteered heavily for this nonprofit and was voted onto the board 2-3 months later. I'm starting my own nonprofit as well, which I'll obviously have a board seat on.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    Need another board member? Sick skills, man. Sick.
     
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    If you want someone to bring you into a board directly, it might help to be a bit more specific as to what your skills are, rather than levels of sickness alone!

    Seriously PB, what line of business are you in?
     
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  11. GreenFrog

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    My guess is that pBoo is in corporate finance.
     
  12. Khayembii Communique

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    It doesn't hurt to just come out and ask if they have any openings, or what you can do to work on the board. It's a job in the organization, not like some kind of special exclusive honor. Just tell them you're interested in high-level board-type work and ask how you can do that for them. And tell them why you'd be good at it.

    Then they'll tell you what to do to get on the board and you won't have to ask random strangers on the innernette.
     
  13. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    These aren't random strangers. They are my e-besties.
     
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    Here's my super-exciting update: We had our second meeting this week. We spent some time talking about event goals and reviewing logo designs. We then made some assignments for committees and reviewed the bylaws and the minutes from the last meeting. Then we talked about a bunch of admin stuff.

    Someone made the observation that things were moving pretty slowly and that we might want to consider meeting more than once a month. I agreed with that--I'm used to working with small and medium sized businesses who move really quickly on things, so this pace is sort of annoying to me. I hope we can speed things up and actually get something done.

    It's pretty interesting so far, though. I'm still glad I came on board.
     
  15. Khayembii Communique

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    You sound like a pretty small org if your board is that active. Generally there's a tipping point where committees take over responsibilities and the board plays a guiding, overseeing role. Our board meets bimonthly, while our committees meet weekly, biweekly or monthly depending on need. We also have a couple staff members to pick up the slack, though.

    I just took over as chair of one committee that I'm going to be converting into a standing committee that will hopefully meet weekly. I'm on two others. I'm probably going to dial it back a bit so I can focus my attention on one. I think I've spread myself too thin haha.
     
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    I don't see any reason to bring the size of his org into it.

    PB, what business are you in man? I speak as an "e-bestie" here...and have you seriously considered starting your own organisation?
     
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    It's a relatively new foundation set up by our municipality to allow residents to make donations for parks-and-rec type projects. Since it's just getting started (as I thought my earlier posts made clear), we're still very hands-on. I expect, however, given that we're a relatively small town (about 45K people), that we'll probably always be involved in the day-to-day stuff.
     
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    I work for a Fortune 500 company and our board meets only once a month and they get $200,000 a piece for doing so. Frankly, I think they are worthless aside from one or two of them who actually know the business. I hear the questions they ask and most of them are :facepalm: I won't say where I work, or what industry, but I will say it is an extremely esoteric one. So esoteric in fact that if you understand the goings on of this industry you can pretty much understand anything. The mechanics, finances, accounting principles, and politics are all very involved and somewhat very endemic to the industry. This being said I am exposed to a lot of bullshit and dealing with this bullshit I think I can offer some unique insight to other organization's leadership.

    Mimo, no, I am not starting my own organization. There is one non-profit that could use a board member that I am fairly close with, but it seems to be more a fundraising job, which I don't have much interest in doing.
     
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    otc Well-Known Member

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    Can any fortune 500 company really be that esoteric?

    I mean...just by virtue of the size, it must be known by many.
     
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    I mean, it is known, but it doesn't mean people understand it. Also, fortune 500 based on revenue, not net income just FYI.
     

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