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I have served on several non-profit boards through the years. I am cuurently the President of one I have served on for 17 years (4th tour of duty as the President). I am also the secretary for a new non-profit that has been going for less than a year. I was just elected V-P of our new homeowners association, that functions in many ways like a non-profit. Money has always been the biggest issue with the non-profits I have served. Who will raie it? How will we raise it? Who will have access to it? How will we spend it? Here are some ideas I have experience with:

Some banks will offer non-profits free checking accounts. In our area this is Wells Fargo. Not all banks will offer this.

One non-profit start-up I worked with approached a local law school and they handled all of the paper work for us for free. I have also served on a Board where a local lawyer completed everything for us as a service to the community. She had also been affected by our non-profits primary purpose (to assist porblem gamblers and their familes.

Each group I have served on successfully had a clear mission and stuck to that mission. I have resigned from Boards that changed their missions or strayed from their primary mission.

The Board I am the secretary for (GLBT mentoring program for teens) has collaborated with other local mentoring programs. In doing so, we recently were awarded a 25,000 grant. Collaboration can offer some wonderful rewards. The group we collaborted with was well established and it helped to raise the awareness of our new non-profit.

Each non-profit needs "idea people" and "worker bees". I have served in both roles.

I resigned from one Board after only two meetings when I found out I was expected, as a Board member, to sit in bars and sell t-shirts to raise money.

Those are some things off the top of my bald head. If you have specific questions, I would be happy to try and answer.

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