Board Member Training

I mentioned to my manager a while back that I would like to serve on a non-profit board. Apparently, my company is a sponsor for a Board Member Training program, which means I can take the program for free. Who even knew there was such a thing? It’s a six-session program held at different arts venues around Portland, and different arts boards are basically courting us. On our first day, we got an envelope of free tickets to shows around Portland. Like dance stuff and symphony. Neat, right?

I learned that the arts in Portland are a massive source of tourism revenue for the city. And the whole concept that “Portland is where the young people go to retire,” is actually no more reflective of Portland than any other city. Portland is actually absorbing thousands of educated young people every year, and those people are actively participating in the arts.

So I need to decide on an arts board to support. IRCO didn’t want me, apparently they want someone with board experience. That’s fair. Weigh in with your favorite non-profit.

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6 Responses to Board Member Training

  1. joyce parmeter says:

    My favorite non-profit is The Art Conspiracy at this point. When and if the West Valley Community Campus becomes a non-profit, they might very well become my favorite. I like a non-profit that fills a specific need so when it comes time to access whether the group is doing a good job or not, all you have to do is look at the results. The AC is incredibly cost effective. I have been a board member for eight or nine years and find myself selling the organization in most, if not all, my encounters. Several years ago I took the board training with the Ford Family Foundation and discovered that my main job as a board member was to acquire money for my group…..not my favorite thing. We’re always looking for young board members to enliven our group. Keep us posted on the outcome.

  2. Kirstin says:

    I always consider overhead when looking at non-profits to become involved in supporting. I am still writing by-laws for Orpheus Collective, but hopefully soon it will materialize- and be my favorite non-profit. There are so many great books out there on effective boards, but I find that very few boards are actually “active boards”. In my old job, the board members didn’t even all donate or participate in securing donations during campaigns. As a Development professional- this was baffling, but I am finding in talking with my friends who are still in the Development trenches that it’s not uncommon at all.

  3. Ingrid says:

    I’ve heard that Pear is sort of awesome.
    Bodyvox seems cool. Do they have a board?

  4. anne says:

    Hrmm, I’ll have to look into these! Thanks for the input!

  5. joyce parmeter says:

    We would still love YOU to be a board member for The Art Conspiracy. We need someone to maintain and design a web presence. We also need YOUNG board members!

  6. my favorite nonprofits have a simple and solid objective that is easy to understand for as many people as possible. That means that the general public sees the need with out a complex explanation: for the motivated, it means they see how their skills and talents could be of help. For people who like to be in charge, it means that they get to enjoy the inspired volunteers and guide their skills to achieve the common goal… a truly rewarding experience!!!!! I cant wait to see your Art Conspiricy!!! Please come to North Beach SF, CA to see what is happening here!!! Love you!!!

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