Board Members Pros and Cons

The prestige, learning, opportunities for leadership development and networking are just some of the benefits of being a member of the board. Cammy and Ali also noted that it’s a way to get C-level skills in areas like governance, financials, marketing and public relations/communications while helping to shape the strategy and make decisions that impact a business.

One of the best ways to find an opportunity is to research non-profit organizations in your area. Our panelists recommend identifying the ones that you admire and then contacting them to see whether they have a seat available, or an open volunteer position. They recommend also attending a board match event that functions as a career fair for boards.

As a board member, you’ll be required to be present for meetings and provide strategic advice when needed. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for fundraising. Our panelists suggested that you look for the board that you feel comfortable contributing at a level that you feel comfortable with.

Our panelists highlighted the importance of keeping track with paperwork, as well as other responsibilities. This is especially important since boards are becoming more hybrid and geographically diverse. They recommend looking for ways to streamline these processes, and stay in touch with fellow board members via email and verbal communication.

The panelists also discussed how being a member of a board could be incredibly rewarding. They recommend finding something you’re passionate about and becoming an advocate for it in order to gain meaning from your work.