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I learned a great deal about the advantages of serving on a nonprofit board, what it means to be a board member, and what to look for in partnering with the right organization for me.

Once the process for the event was explained, I found my first table and waited for the bell to sound, indicating that my five minutes to speak with the designated nonprofit had begun.

The event that most significantly caught my eye was one described as “Speed-Dating for Nonprofits.” I have had a heart for volunteering since I was a kid.

As a recent transplant from Minnesota, I was looking for a way to get involved in the local community.

” and “What skill sets can you bring to the nonprofit and its board?

Over 35 organizations had been vying for a spot at the event.

According to Smith, organizations were chosen based on how their mission aligned with those of the participants who had registered.

Upon registration, participants were asked to fill out a survey which included questions such as “What causes or demographics most interest you?

When I found out that the goal of the event wasn’t simply to find volunteers, but to find board members, I hesitated.

Honestly, when I pictured the boards of these types of organizations, I envisioned seasoned business people near or past retirement.

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