Professional associations brainstorm ideas to boost charity board volunteering

Volunteering charity Getting on Board hears suggestions

Including information about board-level volunteering on professional associations' websites was among the ideas generated during a meeting of major professional associations last week.

The meeting, organised by board-level volunteering charity Getting on Board, aimed to boost the number of skilled people that serve on boards.

 

Its chief executive, Sarah Hodgkinson, said she wanted to facilitate an exchange of ideas among professional bodies about how to encourage their members to serve on the boards of charities, schools and public bodies.

She said other ideas generated during the meeting included writing articles promoting board-level volunteering in professional journals, and having stands at professional conferences where delegates could sign up.

She said the key skills needed for board-level volunteering – legal, financial, human resources, IT and general management – were the same across all sectors, and she was keen to see people pursue "board-level volunteering careers", progressing from small charities to large organisations across the sectors.

She said there would be another meeting with the associations, but she was uncertain whether it would become a regular event.

The meeting also included representatives from the Charity Commission, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Fundraising.

 

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