10 New Year's Resolutions for Nonprofit Board Members
Are you ready for 2015? And … is your board ready?
This is the time when we all step back and make our resolutions. Here are some great New Year’s Resolutions for your board members!
1. I will have a bias toward action
Knowing that my organization needs more than talk out of board members, I will focus on positive actions that I can take. I refuse to be one of those board members who thinks his or her job is simply to come to meetings and just offer an opinion.
I will ask the staff members what they need our board members to actually do this month, this quarter, this year. I will put my money where my mouth is and support my nonprofit.
Taking action will be more fun and create much better results!
2. I resolve to understand the numbers
I promise to spend some time understanding our finances. I want to learn more about where the money really goes.
I’m interested in learning about my organization’s fundraising plan and our funding model. I want to know more about my role as a fiduciary guardian of our nonprofit.
3. I will encourage everyone to think big
I know that we are not going to change the world, save the environment, feed the hungry, change our community, by thinking small. So I will think big.
I understand that there is great power in a big, wildly exciting vision because a big vision will help attract people — and resources — to our cause.
Like Donald Trump said: “If you are going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big!”
4. I will support our fundraising program
Knowing that fundraising is not just about asking for money, I want to understand my various fundraising responsibilities as a board member. I’ll do what I can to help bring in resources.