If you’re visiting this site, you’re probably a little bit curious… Do I just show up to a meeting? Do I have to apply? How often do I have to volunteer? How much do I have to pay? You may have asked one or all of these questions when deciding whether to join a board. It’s so much simpler than it seems!
1) Reach out to the boards that interest you. You already found CharityScenes, so you're halfway there! This handy site has links and email contacts for every board listed. Ask if you can attend a meeting or meet with a current member. You’ll get the best sense of a board and its membership requirements by meeting its members face-to-face.
2) Ask questions. What leadership roles are available? Where are your skills and experience needed? Are there opportunities to connect with the Board of Directors and socialize with other members? Ask about the specifics that matter to you so you can learn more about what you want from a board and what they want from you.
3) What if I don’t have the time? What if I travel for work? Keep searching! Some boards have very formal membership requirements, while others are happy to have whatever support you’re able to give.
4) I checked it out, but I don't think this is right for me. That's perfectly fine. You can still attend fundraisers to support great causes, volunteer one-off using sites like onebrick.org or volunteermatch.org, and share what you've learned about these organizations and their boards with your friends. Spreading the word is a good deed in and of itself!