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February 3, 2016

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Lisa C. Goodheart

Four Takeaways from the BBA Public Interest Leadership Program’s discussion on charitable board services

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On January 20, 2016, Lisa C. Goodheart, Sugarman Rogers partner and president of the Boston Bar Foundation, along with Allison Bauer, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the Boston Foundation; and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim’s Rights Law Center, spoke with members of the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) about getting involved with charitable board service.

The speakers began with a discussion of how they got involved with charitable board service, and then transitioned to providing practical advice and considerations to make when choosing non-profit boards to serve on. Below are the four most important points that came out of the discussion:

  1. Volunteer or work with the organization before making the commitment to serving on their board.
  2. Do your research, and make sure you understand the organization’s expectations of its board members.
  3. Serving on a non-profit board is a donation of your time and efforts. It is important that you are not taking on more responsibilities than you are capable of, and that you are enjoying the work you are doing!
  4. Don’t be afraid to shop around! Again, serving on a non-profit board is a donation of your time and efforts. Be sure that you are enjoying the work you are doing, and the people you are working with!

Click here to read the full “Beyond the Billable” BBA blog post, and to learn more about the PILP program, click here.

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