‘Board Leadership – Community Gain’
Local nonprofits and charities welcoming new Board Members.
“The community benefit sector provides vital supports that contribute to the health and well-being of communities and is powered by a valuable volunteer human resource” says Kim Cusimano, Executive Director, PIN – The People and Information Network.
“Coaching your children’s sports team, driving your Mom for her cancer appointments, Meals on Wheels for your grandfather, supporting food insecurity, accessing health services and housing, engaging in faith, arts and culture and more; nonprofits and charities are woven into our lives.” says Cusimano
Volunteer involvement is key to community and to meeting the mission of nonprofits and charities, including the leadership of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has key functions including ensuring the purpose of the organization is achieved; maintain, preserve, and develop the organization through governance and management of the organization’s resources and to develop strategic priorities that sets policy, direction and decisions.
“To assist an organization to achieve their mission through Board leadership is an immense gain for community” says Cusimano, “and a meaningful experience for an individual.”
Board Leadership is also a growth and development opportunity for young professionals. Now welcoming participants for the 5th season of the Young Professionals on Board program, the aim of this program is to connect young professionals with established leaders in our community by providing core training and matching them with a local Board of Directors.
PIN seeks to build capacity in the next generation of leaders who will be invested in community while sharing their professional skills and expertise.
Now, more than ever, nonprofits need strong, skilled, strategic Boards to lead their organization into the future.
Local nonprofits and charities are welcoming new Board Members; volunteers with expertise, lived experience and leadership. PIN acts as a hub of volunteer engagement and currently hosts a number of opportunities to volunteer on a local Board of Directors including Hospice Wellington, Up and Running Guelph, Family and Children’s Services Guelph Wellington and Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region.
In addition to assisting with recruitment and training of Board Members, PIN is piloting a Community of Practice for Chairs and Vice Chairs of Boards. “An opportunity to connect to learn from each other, explore and build collaborations” says Cusimano, “there is great benefit in developing stronger relationships in the Community Benefit Sector, PIN is pleased to provide this connection.”