Appreciation challengeToday’s Appreciation Challenge is all about board members. I’ve been active on two different boards for several years now. Now in my role as president of one board, I’m especially interested in how to make the experience of serving on a board a positive one for all of the members.

Blue Avacado has a great article on this topic: Meaningful Acts of Appreciation for Boards and Staff – 7 Do’s and 2 Don’t’s. I’ve decided to put one of these into practice right away:

The day after a board meeting, whatever your role, phone the two people who helped make it a good meeting—the board president, the executive director, the treasurer or anyone who helped move a discussion forward. A quick phone message can be remarkably encouraging.

A little thank you note would be another option. One of my fellow board members once sent me a really nice email after a meeting that really made my day. I printed it out and still have it.

What actions have you or your group taken to show appreciation to board members?

This article is part of the Appreciation series.

  1. The Appreciation Challenge by Sandra Sims
  2. 5 Ways to Show You Appreciate Your Donors by Sandra Sims
  3. Showing Appreciation to Board Members by Sandra Sims
  4. Volunteer Appreciation, Part I by Jim Berigan
  5. Volunteer Appreciation, Part II by Jim Berigan
  6. Interview with Mike Robbins: The Power of Appreciation for Non Profits by Sandra Sims

Posted on 19 May 2008

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