Charitable Board Program Packs the House

Lawyers attended a free CLE to learn how to find charitable board opportunities and key information they need to know to be an effective board member.

Lawyers attended a free CLE to learn how to find charitable board opportunities and  to learn about key information they need to know to be an effective board member.

This morning, more than 100 attorneys interested in joining charitable boards filled the BBA’s conference center and tuned in online for the Tax Exempt Organizations Section’s Charitable Board Program. This annual CLE, originally created as a project of the Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), featured two all-star panels ready to provide helpful tips for finding board opportunities and an overview of the legal, financial, and compliance information necessary for becoming an effective board member.

Beyond the Billable asked Nora Mann, Assistant Attorney General of the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and moderator for panel one, why lawyers are uniquely qualified to serve on boards. Here’s what she had to say:

“Lawyers can offer many things apart from legal advice to a board. They’re analytical and generally not afraid to speak their minds. And lawyers tend to want to work hard and keep learning and participation or service on a charitable board is perfect for that.”

Nevertheless, she also stressed both the awards and commitments that come along with the decision to become a board member.

“I hope that lawyers came away with a sense that board service is hard and rewarding – that it’s not a throw-away, it’s not simply charity, but its support for a vital, growing economic sector and is a tremendous opportunity to anyone.”

If you missed the program but want to learn more, contact Kristen White, CLE Manager, at [email protected] to find out how you can watch the program online.