Eleven board practices I try to live by: 1Only choose board service if you are willing to carry the moral obligation on your shoulders.2. Serve organizations whose vision and values you are passionate about (or will quickly grow to be). 3. Limit your board service – two boards at one time is usually enough.
Nonprofits are valued for their prudence, commitment to service and fiscal restraint, yet are expected to produce significant community benefits.
In the for-profit world, business owners are rewarded for taking risks – usually with other people’s money (venture capital). Under-capitalization is warned against. And a personality like Donald Trump is lionized for his opulent lifestyle and forgiven for past business failures.
Not so in the nonprofit world. Here, individuals are expected to make sacrifices for the common good in the name of service. Making do with less is a familiar mantra. Pick up a business publication, and the virtuous charities are the ones with the lowest overhead.