We live in a lucky country and anyone who has travelled outside of our rich and bountifully blessed island knows that there’s very few countries that can hold a candle to the trinity of abundant resources, first world lifestyle and democratic government.
To protect this way of life there needs to be balance in our lives and a spirit of camaraderie, to help out when there’s a need. An example of this would be when Brisbane flooded and the “mud army”, all local people, pitched in to help clean up the aftermath.
It’s this spirit of assisting others that I want to explore. Often when I read professional profiles and resumes there’s a tagline – I want to join a non-profit board. My question is, do you belong to any organisations? If so, they all have boards. Have you volunteered? Do you own a unit? Have you joined the Body Corporate committee? Attended any meetings?
Not for profit boards all need your skills and abilities. You may be asked to join a board, however it’s far more usual that you need to volunteer, or put yourself up for nomination. As the name implies, NFP boards rarely pay a stipend.
As P&C’s struggle to attract parents to participate in fund-raising to enrich the educational experience for their school, as sporting clubs struggle to gain referees, interest groups find the running costs increasing because no-one will take on the treasurer’s role, our social fabric becomes thinner.
If you’re sincere about being on an NFP board, walk the walk, it means more than empty talk. As an employer, if these words show up on a resume or profile search and there’s no action or involvement, it makes me pause and consider what else is spin. Roll up your sleeves, it’s a satisfying experience to see work begun, solve problems and give back.