Participants at a local conference for board members recently shared what they enjoy most about serving on nonprofit boards: impact… and serving the mission.
Then they rattled off a longer list of what they didn’t enjoy: the time commitment, listening to reports, worrying about finances, fundraising, recruiting others, shelving the strategic plan, and so on.
On a hunch, I jotted their complaints to see what they had in common and there it was – it all focused on the tasks of boards and what they do, not why they do it.
Surely, no board members ever aim to surrender precious time away from home or work just to sign letters for an annual appeal. They gladly give time, however, to ensure their neighbors have heat. Or food. Or quality education or healthcare or whatever their missions promise.