Five people posing in front of the Child's Voice logoAccording to the Urban Institute’s most recent data, Americans volunteer at least 8 billion hours annually. Volunteers help organizations like Child’s Voice fill critical gaps in service Without our local volunteers, we wouldn’t have some of the programs that many communities rely on today.

National Volunteer Week began as–and continues to be–a national holiday that formalizes the recognition of volunteers in our communities. It’s now that we thank our Board of Directors for the service they willingly provide.

Here’s some answers to why our Board is so important to Child’s Voice health and well being:

What does it mean to be a board member of a nonprofit?

Board members have the fiduciary responsibility to steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Why do people volunteer for boards?

It’s an opportunity to learn more about an important cause, the people it affects, and the businesses and people in your community who support it. Nonprofit board service also offers members the opportunity to form deeper connections with our community as they offer service as a dedicated leader.

What are the benefits of being a board member?

Serving on a nonprofit board is a fantastic learning opportunity. It’s a chance to learn more about the field that the nonprofit is in. It’s also a valuable opportunity for learning more about governance and leadership. Those experiences will help to advance in your career and in life.

What are Board Member responsibilities?

Board members have the basic legal and policy responsibility for the not-for-profit organization. Even though they are an unpaid volunteer, they must:

1. Be active

2. Receive no material profit

3. Avoid conflicts of interest

4. Exercise judgment in overseeing the organization’s affairs

5. Comply with applicable governmental regulations

From all of us at Child’s Voice we give a huge “shout out” to our Board of Directors!! We thank you for you tireless commitment to the families, students and staff.

 

Fondly,

Dr. Michele