For a nonprofit, having a high performing board is essential. Unfortunately, many nonprofits struggle with this issue. In this episode. Nathan Webster with Dream Big Community Center in Vancouver Washington shares about a board challenge, what he learned from it, and how he’s approaching board members now.
The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:
- Don’t be Afraid to Start a Conversation with a Potential Donor
- When Approaching Foundations, Do Your Research
- When Recruiting Board Members, Make Sure You Clarify Expectations
- Don’t Invite Someone to Be a Board Member at the First Visit
- Be Clear About Your Expectations of Board Members
- Two Key Qualities for Board Members: Commitment and Connections
- When in Doubt, Remember Why You’re There
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About the Guest:
Mr. Social Entrepreneur is Nathan A Webster. He’s co-founder and CEO at NW & Associates, LLC. He was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. Nathan’s number one love is being a dad to all his kiddos, but when they’re not hanging out his hobbies are soccer, bowling, and fishing. Other than that, he’s hustling to make dreams come true.
You’ll find his passion is contagious and full of energy. As a strong believer in God’s grace and mercy, Nathan’s calling came from a late night session chat with his Creator. Unbeknownst to his career path, this was the start of Nathan’s career as Mr. Social Entrepreneur by starting Dream Big Community Center.
His nonprofit Dream Big was his platform and brainchild in 2004. As they became incorporated in 2006 and earned the 501c3 in 2007, Nathan faced much opposition. In his journey of helping the youth and their families, he didn’t have much support. Hence, the nickname Mr. Social Entrepreneur.
Giving back to others isn’t new to our Mr. Social Entrepreneur. When Nathan graduated in 1996, five days later he was standing on the yellow footprints in MCRD San Diego. He has been blessed to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps for four years, and without being in combat or war.
If you’ll looking for him around the community, make sure you keep up. Nathan is an adjunct Business Professor at Clark College. He graciously provides support to the faith-based and nonprofit organizations. Last but not least, continues to encourage every to youth pursue their passion as a career.