Ask Amy: Nonprofit volunteer worries about future
Dear Amy: I've been a devoted supporter of a local nonprofit organization for 25 years. I am one of two continuous volunteers from when the organization was first founded.
When our executive director asks, I give advice, but I self-monitor and don't insert myself unduly.
I served on the board and at the end of my term was asked to continue as emeritus (non-voting), and attend meetings.
Recently, a staff member announced a new and unrealistic financial giving expectation for all board members.
Board members promised support, but their offerings have been weak.
As a fundraising professional myself, I spoke with the executive director when he asked and said that this staff member’s approach was not going to work.
I also met with the employee, at his invitation.
When I shared best practices, he took over the conversation. He sent a follow-up communication showing that he took nothing in.
It is damaging to set board members up to fail.
As a long-time supporter, what's my best option here?