Chapter 10Meet Your New Board

Linda Davis

CEO, Center of Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership

David Styers

Manager of Program & Business Development, Presidio Institute

Although it may seem self-evident, a nonprofit's board members are volunteers, too. In fact, there may be those nonprofits that do not use direct-service volunteers, but every nonprofit has to have a board of directors. These governance volunteers may come from a nonprofit's pool of direct-service volunteers, but often nonprofits do not treat their boards like the valuable volunteer resource that they can be. And this negative perception about boards can lead to nonprofits having a hard time attracting board members.

The new board needs to be one that is sure of its purpose and ...

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