Do you want to make a difference in the Denver community? Each year, millions of individuals volunteer their time and expertise to shape the future of non-profit organizations through board service. Board service has an enormous impact on the organization, and requires great commitment in time and energy. You will be a member of the highest level decision-making team for an organization with a high level of responsibility.
Serving on a board is a not only a great way to support a cause that you care about, but it can help you hone new skill sets including communication and leadership skills, as well expand your network. It’s also important consider whether serving on a board or direct-service volunteering is more appropriate.
Criteria for Serving on Community Boards
Ask yourself the following questions to determine if board service is appropriate for you:
- What type of experience is most fulfilling for you?
- It will be important for you to determine whether serving on a board meets your sense of personal fulfillment or whether a more hands-on volunteer opportunity might be more appropriate. You may want to inquire about direct-service volunteering opportunities in the organization rather than of board service or donating pro bono professional services.
- How much time are you willing to put into board service?
- Volunteering on a Board takes a considerable amount of time and energy. Board members not only attend board and committee meetings, but are legally required to fulfill their fiduciary duties, including regularly review financial statements and meeting materials. Board members also play a legal role regarding organizational governance.
- Are you willing to collaborate with others?
- Boards are teams of committed and engaged individuals who work together to govern the organization. If you prefer to work alone, then board service may not be the right way for you to work with the organization
- Are you willing to assist a nonprofit organization with fundraising?
- One of the primary responsibilities of the board is to ensure that the organization has adequate financial resources to carry out its mission. Many organizations have a fundraising policy for board members which typically requests board members to contribute personally, participate in the organization’s fundraising efforts and have connections to potential donors. (Board Source)
Community Board Bound Potential
Community Board Bound is a complimentary service to the Denver community to prepare individuals to become board-service ready and then assist with community board placement for women desiring a board position on a non-profit organization, hospital, university, or board and commission. The program includes:
- Comprehensive assessment to evaluate the necessary experience and expertise
- Training workshops in subject-specific areas to supplement identified gaps in experience
- Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals to develop and support relationship building within a variety of industries and organizations
- Giving back to the community through board service
Complete our Community Board Bound Assessment form to help us find the best placement for you!
Community Board Bound Placement Opportunities
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