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Promote a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the decision-making body at the highest level of organizational leadership, boards play a critical role in creating an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, equity, and inclusion (BoardSource). Help your organization adopt and implement practices that promote DEI efforts throughout employment practices, boardrooms, communications, and community engagement efforts. By leveraging your time, energy, and resources to encourage that all voices and perspectives are heard, you will help your nonprofit fulfill its mission in inclusive and innovative ways.

Tell Compelling Stories

The key to advocating for your organization is your ability to tell a powerful story. Use storytelling as a mechanism for fundraising, networking, boosting volunteerism, and driving diversity and inclusion throughout your organization.

Engage in Fundraising

Board member involvement is critical to the successful direction of a nonprofit. Board members also help secure funds that ensure the organization can provide sustainable impact.

Build a Strong Network

Networking helps raise your organization’s visibility. The act alone makes business connections stronger and provides a space in which new and fresh ideas can shed new light on old problems. Networking also provides you with new pathways and perspectives for information and learning, which you can use to make better informed decisions and provide more inspired leadership as a director.


Volunteers are often the lifeblood of organizational events, acting as brand ambassadors for your nonprofit. As a board member, you are in a unique position to assist with recruiting, engaging with, and retaining volunteers. In addition, working alongside other volunteers is a great way to get an understanding of how the organization delivers on some of its programming and initiatives.


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Effective nonprofit board members combine their passion for the organization’s work with their ability to mobilize others to achieve shared goals.

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