It’s Time to Get on Board



by David Gee, Associate Vice President, HUB Philanthropic Solutions

Yes, it’s spring break season and – for some lucky folks – you’ll undoubtedly be hearing a boarding call for your vacation travels.  However, I am referencing the species of board that we all engage with throughout the year–the non-profit board.

In addition to the involvement with your own board as part of your day job, are you currently serving on another non-profit board? If so, that’s terrific and hopefully this post will reinforce why your involvement is so important.  And, if you are not currently serving in such a capacity, my hope is that you will consider changing that reality.

I completely understand that some might be inclined to say, “Really? I spend my days in the non-profit arena and already have enough work to do when it comes to my own board.” This is probably true in one regard, but I would offer that, in taking such a stance, you’re likely missing the bigger picture.

So, why exactly should you make it a priority to serve on a non-profit board?

Here are a few key benefits to signing up to serve on a board:

  • Organizations in our community’s social impact sector are always looking for skilled and committed board members. By offering your experience/perspective in a volunteer capacity, you offer a truly valuable resource that will help to advance their mission.
  • Not only are we all called to “give back” to the best of our ability, but let’s face it, if we’re going to “talk the talk” with our own board members, we need to be prepared to “walk the walk.”
  • Serving on a board will provide you with key insights that are unique to being on the other side of the table. I can attest to the fact that my personal board service has, on many occasions, helped me to better understand and motivate my board.
  • You will gain exposure to new and creative ideas while also building new peer-to-peer connections with like-minded leaders.
  • And last, but not least, giving our time (our most precious resource) to make a difference in the lives of others will simply make you feel good. It will feed you in ways that few other endeavors can.

So, in this season of new beginnings, maybe it’s the perfect time for you to get on board with this special type of service. It may not feel like a tropical get-a-way, but I guarantee you will be thrilled to have taken the ride.


David Gee is a seasoned development professional with particular expertise in capital campaigns, major gifts and donor stewardship. David joined the HUB Philanthropic Solutions team after serving as The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Director of Development. Prior to that, he spent 18 years working as a professional actor in Chicago. Among his volunteer activities, David serves on Forefront’s Resource Development Committee, the Development Committee for All Chicago and as the Local School Council Chair at Beaubien Elementary School.


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