|Learn About Joining a Nonprofit Board|
Our board training and matching services are FREE and available online. After you register, there are three steps:
1. Complete a short online course to learn about what is involved in serving on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization. This course is called Good Practices for Good Boards.
2. Create an application and apply for opportunities to serve on boards using our onBOARD program.
3. Let charitySTRONG know when you have made a match.
To get started, please click here to register.
If you would like to learn more about nonprofit boards of directors before signing up, please scroll down for this information.
What is a Nonprofit Organization?
Most of us see nonprofits, such as hospitals, museums, soup kitchens, and youth programs, in action in our communities every day. Nonprofits focus on various causes and look very different. Some are small and have few or no staff; others may employ thousands of individuals.
The Role of Nonprofit Boards of Directors
Every nonprofit is overseen by a board of directors who are entrusted with ensuring that the organization is operating legally, ethically and to its full potential. Nonprofit boards of directors are responsible for strategic planning to ensure the organization’s programs are fulfilling its mission; reviewing financial reports; and, helping to raise funds to assure the organization has sufficient resources for its work. A typical board member might volunteer 2-4 hours per month including attending a full board or committee meeting and reviewing required material.
Benefits of Board Service
Serving on a nonprofit board of directors is a great way to support a cause that you care about. You may also expand your professional and social network by connecting with other talented individuals who share a common interest. Finally, there are many opportunities for leadership on nonprofit boards – organizing task forces and events and leading committees. Many companies encourage emerging leaders to join nonprofit boards to further their professional development.
charitySTRONG offers a free service to help you join a board of a New York State nonprofit. We offer an online training course called Good Practices for Good Boards that can be completed in less than an hour (or five 7-10 minute segments). And, all those who complete the course can then look for opportunities to join nonprofit boards.
You are also welcome to contact a member of our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.