What I Need To Know To Join A Nonprofit Board - Shared screen with speaker view
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What missions/areas of nonprofit interest you?
I currently live in California. Are the laws pertaining to non-profit boards very different from those of NY state?
Good question! I will ask!
^^ And is this only for NY? I also live in CA.
They’re very similar, Wayne
Mentoring, employment, sustainability
BoardStrong serves the entire US
Great, thank you.
What Barbara is describing now applies pretty much everywhere in the US
In most states, nonprofits are overseen by the state AG's office, often under a Deputy AG. In NYS, that’s Charities Bureau Chief James Sheehan, who reports to AG Leticia James.
No "related-party" transactions, for instance?
Or if they would serve the interests of the organization, full disclosure and transparent approval processes.
As a potential board member, is it important to understand the grant process or nonprofit funding processes?
Thanks for asking, Wayne.
Grants applications, not necessarily, but board members should absolutely understand how the organization derives and disposes of revenue.
can a board member work at a company that is a donor to that not-for-profit?
I have to leave for another meeting. So glad to see this new partnership take flight! Nonprofits are hungry for Baruch's alumni. Thanks, Janet and Barbara!
Are nonprofits required to report their financial status and if so, where can we access these reports?
Yes! Their tax forms are required to be made public.
They can be found on the nonprofit's website and on a website called Guidestar
suggestion... ask what they expect at the interview.
Are you seeing an uptick in interest in joining boards as people are sheltering in, during the pandemic?
Good question, Laura!
what does 'consumer driven' mean?
Do you recommend becoming the corporate secretary at some point during service?
Can you determine the financial condition of a NP from publicly-available information?
In theory, yes. I can ask her to expand on that.
You can look at 990s that are available online
What would be the best channels to identify open NP board seat opportunities out there? Thx
This is where BoardStrong's matching services come in, Liang. She will share more on this shortly.
How many organizations have signed up with BoardStrong?
are there any NJ organizations?
Lots of baby-boomers retiring and will want to volunteer their time and expertise.
how do you suggest finding out re 'board culture' ?
Thank you. Any stats on matching rates between candidates and companies on your platform? (Even historical because this platform is new.) In for-profit companies, CA has passed a few rules on including women and diverse candidates on public companies. Have you seen an increase in these types of candidates?
One big transition point for a non-profit is when the founder leaves the non-profit - I would imagine the board has to manage the process of losing a charismatic or even eponymous person?
Edmund - FOR SURE!
a major foundation did a survey a few years ago among NP's re diversity on the board and on the staff.
What is the next step if one wants to pursue joining a Board?
How do you navigate looking to serve on a Board that historically has been white while being brown?
Amazing chat, thank you soo very much for this meeting. Have to run to another meeting. See you guys soon
See you soon, Ray!
Thank you Barbara Paxton and David Birdsell for this very informative discussion, and to Jane Rossbach for organizing this event. Hope to find a great nonprofit organization soon!
This was super informative, THANK YOU!
Thank you for this presentation and it was very informative.
It looks like Business County - a required field - is only NY.
Thanks. This was great!
thanks... great presentation