Making the case for nonprofit board service

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By Ellen McCarty
President, McCarty & Co., LLC
May 2012

Today’s nonprofit boards are evolving just like the nonprofits they serve. Increasingly, nonprofit boards are being challenged by funders to think more strategically, to “step up to the plate” and work with the executive leadership to identify new strategic alliances and funding streams (including earned income) and to move beyond the traditional board governance model. 

These shifts present exciting new opportunities for individuals interested in serving on a board. Many nonprofits are actively recruiting individuals to serve who not only have a passion for the mission but also who understand how volunteering their time, treasure and talent can help nonprofits fulfill their mission for years to come… and along the way impact their communities in significant ways.

But there are other compelling reasons why you might want to consider board service. 

Consider these facts…

There’s no time like the present. Now might be just the time to thoughtfully consider how aligning your passion with a nonprofit organization through board service can be a wonderful addition to your personal and professional life.

“I don’t know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer

Ellen McCarty is a nonprofit professional and President of McCarty & Co., LLC, a senior consultancy that helps nonprofits thrive and individuals transition to the nonprofit sector. To learn more, visit or email Ellen at