Volunteering on Non-Profit Boards: How and Why to join a Board
Become a board member of a non-profit organization!
Learn more about what it means to be a non-profit board member and how you can contribute in a meaningful way – to benefit both you and your community.
We recognize that there is currently a lack of diversity on many boards in the non-profit sector in British Columbia. Volunteering on (Non-Profit) Boards: How and Why to Join a Board workshop is designed specifically to help people from equity seeking groups, such as people with disabilities, people from Black and Indigenous communities and People of Colour, to build skills, knowledge and confidence to participate in non-profit boards.
In this workshop, you will learn how to engage as a volunteer in your community, which types of non-profit organizations work in British Columbia, different structures, and types of non-profit leadership and decision-making, and what it means to be a board member.
This workshop is ideal for people who are new to the non-profit sector in British Columbia, want to develop a better understanding of its leadership and decision-making processes, and are looking for ways to engage in their communities and express their voices.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify different types of non-profit organizations and boards.
- Assess your strengths, opportunities, and availability for volunteer work in non-profit organizations.
- Examine expectations and risks associated with being a board member.
- Identify practical next steps to look for and select from available board opportunities.
- A non-intimidating space to learn about what boards are.
- Self-reflection around your skills, attributes, and needs.
- Tools and discussions around finding the right board.
- An opportunity to meet and network with others who are in a similar situation.