Are you curious about serving on a nonprofit board? On Thursday, June 12, Greenlights is hosting its annual Board Summit, a kind of nonprofit fair where you can learn about more than 50 nonprofits, ask about their board requirements, and get a better understanding of what it takes.
Because serving on a nonprofit board takes more than most people think. Yes, there is the financial commitment: Almost all board members are asked to donate or raise a specific amount for the organization. And there is the time commitment: Board members must attend a certain number of meetings and serve in certain roles or committees. You’ll be expected to attend or even host fundraising events. You’ll be asked to ask your friends for donations. And you’ll be expected to be a good sport and get along with your fellow board members and the staff.
More importantly, you have to take your oversight role very seriously. Remember that when a nonprofit goes off the rails, whether that’s financially or if it veers off its mission, it’s the board that is held responsible to the community. (See our Q&A with Yesenia Reyes about “What it’s like to serve on a board.”)
All that being said, the benefits of being a board member far outweigh the burdens. So if you think you’re ready, the Greenlights Board Summit is a great opportunity to take the next step.
“The Board Summit definitely attracts the kind of person who has never been on a Board before,” says Brent Lyles, executive director of Austin Youth River Watch. AYRW has hosted a booth at past Board Summit events and will attend this year as well. “I’m hoping to find a couple of diamonds in the rough — folks who are new to the board-member game, but who have the time and energy and enthusiasm to come aboard and hit the ground running.”
Marissa Vogel, founder and executive director of Little Helping Hands will be there again, too. “I have found at least one Board member from the event and of course lots of families that want to volunteer with us,” she says. “It seems to improve each year. Many who attend are just trying to understand what it means to serve on a board and may discover, volunteering on a committee/special project to start is the best path for them.”
Greenlights Board Summit
Thursday, June 12, 6 – 8:45 pmBullock Texas State History Museum
Learn more about Greenlights Board Summit and register here.