The Dirty Little Secret About Joining A Nonprofit Board

Jun 7, 2011 3:15 PM ET

Alice Korngold's Blog

There are many reasons that people join nonprofit boards. The primary motivation is to do something good for the world. But this post is about the reason that isn't discussed in polite company: "I want to join a board in order to develop business relationships."

Okay, here's the deal: If you just want to make business contacts, there are way easier ways to network than to commit to multiple hours of board and committee meetings, and thousands of dollars. And you will not--I mean really NOT--make a good impression if you merely do the bare minimum, and also start promoting yourself and your business.

Here's how you WILL make a good impression on your fellow board members:

For continuation, see Fast Company here...


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