Friday’sÂ Financial Times has an article about joining nonprofit boards. PMD definitely recommends this process of getting to know the organization, its strengths, its needs, and your potential roles BEFORE you sign on for a 3+ year commitment.
Just asÂ you generally shouldn’t propose marriage on the first date,Â IÂ recommend that you don’t suggest joining our board until you’ve gotten to know us beyond our web presence. With the demise of effective board fairs, it seems like it is difficult to find appropriate board candidates (and dates) in Boston.
It starts with determining whetherÂ an organization’s missionÂ and vision areÂ in line with your values and motivations. Then oneÂ should volunteer/visit and engage in a “courtship” process.
PMD would be happy to court you for its board once you indicate genuine knowledge and interest.Â We areÂ currently seeking a clerk and board directors.
Let’s switch focus from 3-year board governance commitments to hands-on volunteering: Although the tide is slowly turning, most charities still expectÂ people to “marry” (i.e., volunteer hands-on)Â for 6 months or more without much courtship. PMD’s diverse array of one-timeÂ “speed dating” (i.e., hands-on volunteering) opportunities serves to help give people a sense of the culture, people, cause, etc. We’ve lost volunteers to ongoing commitments to some of our recipient charities, and we’ve also gained recipient charities from our volunteers who “play the field.”
TheseÂ are folks who prefer not to settle down with helping just one charity. WithÂ PMD, they won’t be bored with the same volunteer activity week after week.