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Serve on the Board of Directors


The board of director is the heart of the Vancouver Chapter. Board members establish direction, ensure resources and provide oversight for the Chapter. Being a board member is no picnic. There are tons of decisions to be made, disputes to settle, finances to keep track.

With all the negative attention, it may seem that being on the board has no appeal at all. The truth is, there are perks to being on the board, including a variety of things beneath the surface that keep people interested in serving their community.

Here are some reasons why people join nonprofit boards:

  • They know their skills are needed.
  • The Chapter is going to improve and will benefit from their contributions.
  • There is a possibility to effect change in the Chapter.
  • They feel good by doing good.
  • They enjoy collaborating with interesting people who share common interests and values.
  • They want to learn new skills.
  • They enjoy being recognized for their efforts.
  • They want to give back to the community.
  • They have found a new reason to live productively.
  • They want to have an impact.
  • They want to advance their careers
  • It can be fun.

Personal characteristics needed to be an effective board member include:

  • The ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, and work well with individuals and groups.
  • A willingness to prepare for and participate in board and committee meetings, ask relevant questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, and evaluate oneself.
  • A willingness to develop certain skills, such as cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, reading and understanding financial statements, learning more about the substantive program areas of the organization.
  • Honesty; sensitivity; tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a sense of values; concern for your nonprofit’s development; and a sense of humor.

As a board member for the Vancouver Chapter you will:

  • Establish Direction
  • Develop and maintain focus on mission and vision.
  • Establish strategic direction.
  • Delegate authority for organizational management.
  • Articulate, safeguard, model, and promote organizational values.
  • Ensure Resources
  • Develop policies related to the generation of financial resources.
  • Ensure that the necessary resources are made available for implementation of the mission.
  • Ensure that the organization has the leadership needed at both the volunteer level and the board level and provide oversight.
  • Establish financial policies and ensure accountability.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and ethical standards.
  • Monitor progress toward strategic goals and evaluate outcomes

If you wish to serve on the board forward a letter of intent describing your interests, skills and previous experience along with your resume to the Serve on the Board of Directors
The board of director is the heart of the Vancouver Chapter. Board members establish direction, ensure resources and provide oversight for the Chapter. Being a board member is no picnic. There are tons of decisions to be made, disputes to settle, finances to keep track.

With all the negative attention, it may seem that being on the board has no appeal at all. The truth is, there are perks to being on the board, including a variety of things beneath the surface that keep people interested in serving their community.

Here are some reasons why people join nonprofit boards:
They know their skills are needed.
The Chapter is going to improve and will benefit from their contributions.
There is a possibility to effect change in the Chapter.
They feel good by doing good.
They enjoy collaborating with interesting people who share common interests and values.
They want to learn new skills.
They enjoy being recognized for their efforts.
They want to give back to the community.
They have found a new reason to live productively.
They want to have an impact.
They want to advance their careers
It can be fun.

Personal characteristics needed to be an effective board member include:
The ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, and work well with individuals and groups.
A willingness to prepare for and participate in board and committee meetings, ask relevant questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, and evaluate oneself.
A willingness to develop certain skills, such as cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, reading and understanding financial statements, learning more about the substantive program areas of the organization.
Honesty; sensitivity; tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a sense of values; concern for your nonprofit’s development; and a sense of humor.

As a board member for the Vancouver Chapter you will:
Establish Direction
Develop and maintain focus on mission and vision.
Establish strategic direction.
Delegate authority for organizational management.
Articulate, safeguard, model, and promote organizational values.
Ensure Resources
Develop policies related to the generation of financial resources.
Ensure that the necessary resources are made available for implementation of the mission.
Ensure that the organization has the leadership needed at both the volunteer level and the board level.
and Provide Oversight
Establish financial policies and ensure accountability.
Ensure compliance with applicable laws and ethical standards.
Monitor progress toward strategic goals and evaluate outcomes

If you wish to serve on the board forward a letter of intent describing your interests, skills and previous experience along with your resume to the Chapter president.