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20 Questions to Ask When You Join a Board of Directors

  1. How does the mission of the organization align with my values?

  2. What are the responsibilities of board members?

  3. How will I meet my obligations as a board member?

  4. What information do I need to be an effective board member and how will I get and use this information?

  5. What information, ideas, resources, and relationships do I need to share to be an effective board member?

  6. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the board?

  7. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the organization?

  8. How will I strengthen this organization?

  9. What can I learn from serving on this board of directors?

  10. How can I share my gifts and skills with this organization?

  11. How can I promote the work of this organization in my community?

  12. What relationships should I help develop for this organization?

  13. How can I help the board to function more efficiently and effectively?

  14. How will I support the executive director and executive director?

  15. What communication means are most effective and useful for me as a board member?

  16. How will I communicate my new opportunities to the organization’s leadership?

  17. How will I communicate my concerns to the organization’s leadership?

  18. How does being a board member enhance my personal identity?

  19. What is my motivation for serving on this board of directors?

  20. How much time am I willing to contribute to this organization and how will I make the most of that time?

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