How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

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I moved to the area a few years ago and I'm looking to get more deeply involved in the community with non-profits. What's the best way to go about joining the Board of Directors for a local non-profit? Does anyone have any tips or advice?

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a-1540123827 Apr 25, 2018 11:29 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Donate a LARGE sum of money to the organization. Follow that up by telling them that you would like a BOD position.

Eggs Ackley Apr 25, 2018 11:09 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

The trend seems to be to start your own "non-profit" to shelter that "extra" income. APPOINT YOURSELF and friends to the board. It's amazing how much you can get away with, fancy meals, board meetings in exotic locations, and the TAX BENEFITS, oh my!

a-1540123827 Apr 25, 2018 10:13 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

If you're interested in land use questions and issues, you might consider Citizens Planning Association. It's been here, working with land use issues in the County and also the City of Santa Barbara since 1960. We're looking for people who want to be involved, both as members and on the board. See our website, http://citizensplanning.org; for more information, including being on the board, please contact our Exec. Dir. Marell Brooks, citizensplanningsb@gmail.com. Thanks for being interested in helping! Betsy Cramer

John Swepston Apr 24, 2018 08:25 PM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Just walk into a place, like United Way, and tell them you want to be on the Board. With your few years of living here I'm sure they will jump all over you're vast experience of local history and community experience

Flicka Apr 24, 2018 01:05 PM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Years ago there were 800 non-profits in Santa Barbara county, likely more now. Plenty of good groups to choose from to volunteer for. I have been on boards and don't know of any who just take someone "off the streets", a person they don't know. Get involved, volunteer, or as mentioned, donate tons of money and they will be interested.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 01:40 PM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Don't even have to donate tons of money to get noticed. The best fundraisers don't use their own but know how to liberate others from theirs.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 11:04 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

How about volunteering with an organization whose mission and work interests you? Then inquire about joining the board. What a weird question and why would you post it here?

Bird Apr 25, 2018 10:19 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Volunteering makes a lot of sense, but I don't think it's a weird question but perfectly reasonable and one probably a lot of non-insiders have. And as for posting here, it's a great place to get answers! :)

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 10:38 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Be sure to let us know when you secure your Board of Directors position. I'm just sitting around home doing nothin' and it might be fun to try something new. If they select you I'll apply next. Maybe they'll give us our own offices.

Factotum Apr 24, 2018 09:50 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

This is a very open town to those who both volunteer time and donate money. Good boards need to have strategic diversity, not just be holding tanks for reward appointments. Go to events, attend board meetings if they are open to the public, volunteer for fund-raising activities and most of all chose an activity where you genuinely feel passion in your support. One way to get early attention is to offer a matching grant for their fund-raising campaign.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 09:23 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

What talents and expertise do you have to offer a non-profit agency? You may have to prove yourself before they invite you to join the head table. Funding is always the non-profits' achilles heel. Make a notable effort to boost funding and you'll be a valuable asset for sure.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 09:19 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Why don't you start by doing your own homework and participating the many traditional organization found in almost any city: Junior League, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, etc. You will meet the many movers and shakers from all over town and get involved in many of the activities and event unique to our town.

pxn Apr 24, 2018 09:14 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Good plan to start at the top of the arbitrary organization rather than doing the thankless menial efforts that they need.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 09:00 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Depends how "popular" the non-profit is. If it's a place that's sort of struggling and needs leadership, they might take anyone. But if it's a wealthy status-driven one (like the sb film festival is now) then it's a whole political game and it could take decades and millions to get on that board.

a-1540123827 Apr 24, 2018 08:47 AM
How to Join a Local Board of Directors?

Volunteer often, demonstrate effectiveness, get to know the current board members, then get invited to join the BOD. You can shortcut the process by making large and/or frequent donations to the non-profit entity.

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