How to get onto a Board

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  1. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Yeah, arts orgs are really mostly in need of money, and nearly everyone on an arts board is a big donor or has access to big donors. There are a few positions open on these boards, however, that can be accessible to young talent even without money... if you really want to, get involved. THere are typically plenty of opportunities to give in a smaller way and to help organize. I am chairing (poorly) a young pro's event at the biggest-funded art museum in town here. It's not a board position but the sort of highly visible role that could eventually lead that way.

    It will be significantly harder to land a big board position in a town like NYC. Good luck.
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think a part of me wants to get involved because I feel like I can offer interesting perspective on businesses both for profit and not for profit. Without saying what I do, I will say that I work in a rather esoteric industry and I think a fresh set of eyes with a unique background could benefit any organization.
     
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    poorsod Senior member

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    What kind of art do you like? Fine arts or performing arts? If there is a company or artist that you like, perhaps it's best to start there.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    True. I like many kinds, but mostly fine arts.
     
  5. TC (Houston)

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    I serve on 3 boards, all non-profit, and I wouldn't if it wasn't important to my business. It's a huge financial commitment and time suck, and unbelievable frustrating at times. There are much, much better ways to scratch the creative problem solving itch. My advice would be to pick a cause that you are interested in, and then get involved in the organization as a volunteer and do real work. That would be more satisfying than sitting in a conference room deliberating budgets and a venue for the gala with a bunch of housewives and rich guys.
     
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    It might wind up sucking! Then you'll be able to laugh at me for being such a sucker.

    Thanks!
     
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    is a good avenue to branch off in a side enterprise of sorts (through new relations made being one
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    I'm involved in an NYC non-profit, but like OP, I want to actually get more involved instead of sitting around and talking budget, etc.

    Anybody recommend any organizations in NYC? Thanks.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is it weird that I want to sit around and talk budget? I'm a nerd, what can I say? :embar:
     
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    I would give some thought to the possible down-side of achieving your goal. Is it really worth it?
     
  13. TC (Houston)

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    No, it's not weird, but I'm telling you, it's not the same as it would be in a business or professional setting. You could be having a 45 minute discussion on whether it's appropriate to increase the line item for centerpieces on the tables at the annual gala.
     
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    The only good reason to serve on a non-profit board is if you care about the cause. That's the only way all of the other BS that comes with a board position is worth it.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's fine, I'd rather know I didn't like it than regret not having gone for it.
     

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