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!
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.