Retirement can be a time to do more of what you are passionate about, or begin a new activity thanks to having newfound time and flexibility. Serving on a board for a nonprofit can be both a new beginning, and an opportunity to put skills and experience developed over a career to use. Certainly if you have a cause that has been important to you, serving on the right board can bring deep fulfillment. And, you very likely have skills and relationships that can make a positive impact on the organization you join and those it serves. While membership on a nonprofit board does bring commitments in terms of time, your more relaxed schedule in retirement can work to your advantage. Whether you’re just exploring this option or have already decided to join a board, the information on these pages will provide you with clarity and direction.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Does the time commitment involved in serving on a nonprofit board fit my retirement plan?
Am I prepared to undergo a background check and other deep vetting in being considered for selection to a board?
Am I prepared to contribute financially if that is a requirement of board members?
Can I commit significant time to meetings, fundraising and participation in the nonprofit’s activities?
Am I ok with rolling up my sleeves and doing menial work at times if that is required?
Am I willing to serve on one or more committees, in addition to attending full board meetings?
Am I prepared to use my personal and professional resources on behalf of the cause?
Am I interested in helping an organization with administrative, strategic or governance activities?
Do I have the support of family members or others who will be directly impacted by the time commitment involved in joining a nonprofit board?
Am I willing to deal with an organization’s internal, personnel and cultural issues?
Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those interested in joining a nonprofit board.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria: