Published: May 24th, 2006 01:00 AM
Not a week goes by without someone asking me about nonprofit board membership. Sometimes it’s a person who is thinking of joining a board. More often it’s someone trying to recruit volunteers to serve on their board.
It is a real challenge to find people who are willing to be board members. Because of this, many nonprofit leaders tend to soft-pedal the requirements: “You don’t really have to do fundraising,” “It won’t take much time.”
This is a serious mistake. Nonprofit governance – the work done by the board – is important work, and it takes time. And fundraising is almost always part of the job."