20 Questions to Ask When You Join a Board of Directors

  1. How does the mission of the organization align with my values?
  2. What are the responsibilities of board members?
  3. How will I meet my obligations as a board member?
  4. What information do I need to be an effective board member and how will I get and use this information?
  5. What information, ideas, resources, and relationships do I need to share to be an effective board member?
  6. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the board?
  7. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the organization?
  8. How will I strengthen this organization?
  9. What can I learn from serving on this board of directors?
  10. How can I share my gifts and skills with this organization?
  11. How can I promote the work of this organization in my community?
  12. What relationships should I help develop for this organization?
  13. How can I help the board to function more efficiently and effectively?
  14. How will I support the executive director and executive director?
  15. What communication means are most effective and useful for me as a board member?
  16. How will I communicate my new opportunities to the organization’s leadership?
  17. How will I communicate my concerns to the organization’s leadership?
  18. How does being a board member enhance my personal identity?
  19. What is my motivation for serving on this board of directors?
  20. How much time am I willing to contribute to this organization and how will I make the most of that time?

A dar, not yet a DAR

Despite being heavily recruited by my vulture like (but very sweet) relatives for the past 15+ years, I have declined an open invitation to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. My resistance to joining, along with repeated requests, had led me to evaluate the reasons that compel me to join an organization. Before investing my time and money in a community group, I ask myself the following questions:

  • Does this organization align with my values?
  • Does this organization align with my personal priorities?
  • Will participating in this organization help me accomplish something that is important to me?
  • Will I enjoy the company of other members/volunteers?
  • Is the organization ethical and does it act with integrity?
  • Will I be able to make a meaningful contribution?
  • Will I be able to change policies, processes, etc. within the organization that do not fully resonate with what I know to be true and good?
  • Will participation contribute to my legacy?

It is that last question, one that has only come up for me since reaching a certain age, that is leading me in the direction of more seriously considering joining. The DAR is very important to my family, and it is a part of who I am.  For now, I am keeping my options open.

The Social+ Boutique is Now Open!

The Social+ Boutique is now open!






Social+ builds upon the idea of being carbon neutral. People who are Social Positive (Social+) aim to have a net positive social impact by considering the environmental and human impact of everyday decisions and interactions, being actively involved in the community, and expressing kindness and compassion toward others on a daily basis. By pledging to be Social+, you can demonstrate your commitment to positive social change and provide opportunities for increased awareness and discussion with others.

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