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YNPN RVA Recommends: Board Service as a Pathway to Leadership

Are you seeking opportunities to meet and network with others, grow your leadership skills, and give back to your community? 

Well you’re in luck because serving on a nonprofit board provides all of these benefits and more! 

As young or early-career professionaly, we may not always think of nonprofit board service as a direct pathway to leadership, but it does place you at the highest-level of decision-making for an organization — which is a substantial level of responsibility! As a member of a dedicated team of concerned and engaged citizens, you wil be asked to identify long-term goals, seek out diverse opportunities for collaboration, and brainstorm — as well as potentially implement — innovative strategies for lasting change.

Other great reasons to join a board include:

  • Learning more about the nuts and bolts of nonprofit governance and management like human resources, fundraising, and volunteer resource managment
  • Hands-on experience with strategic planning, financial management, and grantrwiting
  • Actively demonstrating leadership skills (board service is a great resume-builder).

Interested in nonprofit board service?

Be sure to attend Building Blocks for Nonprofit Board Members on September 26th from 9:00am – 12:30pm with Organizational Solutions to better understand what it takes to be an effective board members. Ideal for anyone who is interested in board service or recently became a board member, this training provides an introduction to the nonprofit sector, the life cycle of nonprofit organizations and their boards, as well as an overview of roles and responsibilities. 

Want to get your feet wet? Join YNPN RVA’s Leadership Team! 

YNPN RVA is actively seeking nominations for its Leadership Team. 


YNPN RVA, powered by ConnectVA, is a movement powering young and early-career nonprofit professionals through professional development, networking, and social opportunities to positively impact the Greater Richmond area.

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