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Ask Amy: Nonprofit volunteer worries about future

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

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?


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