• PW Dana

    It seems that a better title for this article would be, “12 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Asked to Serve on a Nonprofit Board.” Many of these should remove the person from consideration for service. Also, I have seen one instance of a corrupt board leadership viewing a member as disruptive, and swaying the less engaged board members in their favor, when the “disruptor” was in fact, doing the job properly.

  • Beth Gazley

    13. The reasons or skillset for which you were recruited on to the board are no longer a priority need (perhaps because you succeeded) and your board seat may be needed for other purposes.

  • Fran Morris

    Gene’s points are valid – thought not sure a self-interested/opiniated person would reflect on his or her behaviour. An experienced direction gave this advice which have helped me make that decision:

    Ask two questions: Do I feel I can add value? Do I feel the company wants me to add value? One ‘no’ and you stay a bit longer. Two ‘No’s and you go.

  • Adam

    If you are not perfectly comfortable asking the hard questions such as:

    Why is this the strategy now and why do you think this will take us to our goals?
    Are the metrics we’re now using realistic and sufficient?
    Is organizational efficiency being better addressed today than in the past? If not, why not?
    What is the honest grade for staff/board relations? For new donor acquisition/retention?
    Is the face of the organization demonstrating real leadership and building a positive corporate culture?
    Is the nonprofit really worth volunteering for?

  • Kevin D. Feldman

    Another one is, you are contributing to the nonprofit and Board in name only. Reasons 8 and 9 may lead to this realization if you’re not contributing time an money, and not showing up for meetings without ever a mention by the Chairman and/or CEO. For either the Board member or organization to want to an influential name on their Board’s roster without requiring that person’s involvement or investment is simply wrong, and misleading to donors.

    Another reason to quit a Board is if there appears to be a deliberate wall between Board members and the nonprofit’s employees. This happens too often and is a sign that the Executive Director/CEO is hiding something.