Do mandated board members care?
Dear Governance Matters:
I'm working on my master's degree in organizational leadership. I'm researching what effect, if any, being a mandated versus voluntary board member for a nonprofit organization has on the member's propensity to donate money to the nonprofit organization.
I'm struggling to use the search options effectively to get the specific results I'm looking for. Can you help?
I suggest you try: BoardSource; GuideStar, NYU's Wagner School and CharityNavigator. If these don't help, let me know.
My personal opinion is that "it depends." In recruiting board members, we always mention that if the mission of the organization is compelling and of great interest to potential (or current) board members, then they will donate at levels appropriate to their ability.
It also depends on the real meaning of "mandated." If it's a government "mandate," board member may be a part of the "team" in name only. I'd wonder if he/she would even turn up for board meetings.
If the organization's bylaws "mandate" that their board has a "representative from their community" then the chances are that the organization might find someone who is passionate about the cause.
Hope this helps!
Editor, Ask the Experts