I have had the distinct pleasure of serving on the board of the Central Ohio chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for eight years. I started out in a committee Chair role (Membership Committee), moved to a VP role (VP of Membership), then to President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. This year I was an At-Large board member.
The chapter by-laws stipulate that eight consecutive years is the max one can serve, so I am “terming off.” This week was my last board meeting.
The AFP board went through two Strategic Planning processes in my tenure, and they were honest-to-goodness self-assessment opportunities that we took seriously. The Strategic Plans we ended up with were followed closely, reviewed periodically, and revised accordingly. I am pictured here with 2019 chapter President Laura Baker, CFRE, who gave her Board the leeway, encouragement, and direction to think critically about our place in the current Strategic Plan, and make adjustments along the way.
It was such a learning experience and chance for professional growth, I want to recommend board service to any and all development professionals. With one caveat – you need to be serving on a board that 1) understands its role, 2) serves dutifully and deliberately, and 3) thinks strategically. Being self-aware of any shortcomings, and working intentionally towards correcting these downfalls, makes a board worth your time as well.
If I have one thing to be THANKFUL for this Thanksgiving, it’s to my AFP board for emulating what a good Board does. Many of the development professionals that served with me took away an example of meaningful leadership and intentional service. I will carry this knowledge and wisdom with me into my next board service experience, with Actors Theatre Columbus. But more on that later…
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