Volunteers: I Signed Up to Do What?
All three board members should have been given their walking papers. Be clear as to the mission, vision and purpose of the organization. Think of board members not in terms of filling board number quotas according to the bylaws. Rather, strategically think about how you can use these volunteers in the best way possible.
Board volunteers and the organization they serve should always feel like a win-win scenario. When board members' terms expire, you want them to feel joy over their involvement and gladly recommend a replacement.
Never have a board member come up to you or others and say, "I signed up to do what?" Clarity is key to success, and shell games are for casinos. Do not mix the two!
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at email@example.com or 317-224-1029.