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Sharing Your Gifts While Serving on a Nonprofit Board

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Photo provided by
John Hayato of KEEN SF

Congratulations and welcome to your nonprofit board.

You were selected to be a board member because you are possessed with gifts and talents like no other – and you can make a considerable difference in the impact that your nonprofit organization will make on your community.

You may be wondering about your role. Will you need to show up at board meetings regularly or once in awhile? Will you be expected to raise money? Will there be “homework”? What else will you be asked to do, and will you have the time to do it?

What you are about to discover is that instead of this board work taking up all your personal resources (which is what many new board members fear), it will surprisingly gift you with many exciting experiences and opportunities. You will make new friends, gain a fresh perspective, solve personal problems, reach personal goals… in short, your board experience has the potential to change your life… and the more gifts you give, the more you will receive.

Not sure how to get started? Take a look at the gifts you have to offer, and find a way to give that works best for you. Read more

Nelson Mandela on Community and Change

A child who is blind feels the face of a smiling MandelaThis week, we have all remembered Nelson Mandela by sharing his inspirational quotes with each other through social media. Many of these quotes are short and simple, but contain powerful truths. He spoke of the wonderful things he believed we could achieve – freedom, equality, justice, prosperity – and how he believed we could achieve it – cooperation, collaboration, self development, love.

Nelson Mandela was a believer in the power of community – and the amazing gifts it has to offer each and every one of us.

I put together a quote “mashup”  tribute if you will, of what Nelson Mandela had to say about community and change. The words in italics are his, the rest are mine.


Want to change the world? Start with yourself. You are connected to everyone else, so having your heart, head, and soul in the right place will amplify your effectiveness.

The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but also humility.

One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Are you going to enrich yourself in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve? Read more