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Why would anyone want to be on the UPA Board of Directors?
UPA Vice President and Nominations Committee Chair
What do would you get out of it?
Most individuals who already serve on a nonprofit board need no outside justification for being a board member: They know perfectly well what they are doing and why they want to continue doing it. However, there are others who are - maybe - too shy to join a board or who need someone else to tell them why it makes sense. Here are some reasons why people join nonprofit boards:
What does the UPA board do?
The board has overall management of the organization with the help of Solutions for Associations, our professional management company. If you read further in Board Source you will see that the board determines the organization's mission and purpose, selects the officers, provides proper financial oversight, ensures legal and ethical integrity, maintains accountability, and enhances the organization's public standing. Besides these general responsibilities, individual board members might be involved with professional development, membership and sponsors, chapters, International, publications or outreach.
Why do we need you now?
UPA is now a teenaged organization. We have experienced a great learning process in our 12 years. We have seen growth in membership, a leveling, and a slight reduction during the recent downturn of the economy. Lately we have seen a rise in membership and also conference attendance. What will happen next? It is the board’s job to try to figure that out and prepare for the future. We have started to take some steps to prepare. Besides getting ready to adopt a Code of Conduct we are looking at a update of the Mission Statement. But there are several questions. We have seen the number of chapters grow are a rapid rate. Many of the chapters are International. Do we properly recognize and take best advantage of our chapter and International relationships? We need to establish the body of knowledge for usability professionals. We need to identify the kinds of experience and education that allow us to provide the best possible usability services. How do we gather, prioritize and make recommendations about that knowledge? We need good board members to lead these activities and get answers to these questions.
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