Nonprofit Board Work

My current company is offering an opportunity to receive training  and then possibly being matched to a Nonprofit to possibly sit on their board.  You need to fill out an application and apply because they will only be accepting 10 candidates to receive training and be matched to a nonprofit.  There are seven questions on the application ranging from why you’re interested in participating in the Nonprofit Board Matching Program, the skills you can share with a nonprofit, your involvement with other boards or committees, and my available time commitment.

The main question I was contemplating was why I want to participate in the Nonprofit Board Matching Program and this is what I came up with:

For a number of years, I’ve been wanting to give back to the community and start raising more money for charity but I’ll always been hesitant to get involved or start fundraising. The fundraising piece of charity always made me uncomfortable because I never liked asking people for money or help. It’s just something I grew up with that I could achieve things on my own and I didn’t need anyones assistance. This was my social contract and I was wrong. A little over three years ago, my father passed away from a heart attack and I’ve been thinking about how I could honor the most important man in my life. I thought about raising money for the American Heart Association (AHA), but again, I felt awkward about fundraising though I think the main reason I hesitated was because I doubted anyone would actually donate. At the end of last year, I finally decided to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon as a charity runner for the AHA which I self titled as, “RunForDad.” I was worried about actually being able to satisfy the $400 minimum donation. What I found out was shocking to me at first? In a few days people I knew, people I haven’t talked to in years, and complete strangers helped my fundraiser blow through the minimum donation goal and I went on to raise over $1,000 for the AHA. That may not seem like a lot of money to some people but to me it was amazing and deeply humbling to have people in trust me with their monetary support. I’ve admittedly been bit by the bug and I’m a major Crowdrise supporter. The experience was so powerful that I’m already planning my next charity run for a different organization to run in the next Pittsburgh Marathon to complete the full marathon. I’ve realized that I shouldn’t feel awkward about asking for money when there is a good reason/cause for the money. This is why I want to participate in the nonprofit board matching program. I want to help an organization achieve their goals by offering my time but I also have a selfish reason. I want to have another life changing experience by helping an organization achieve something they might have thought wasn’t possible.