When I found out that the goal of the event wasn’t simply to find volunteers, but to find board members, I hesitated.Honestly, when I pictured the boards of these types of organizations, I envisioned seasoned business people near or past retirement.The event that most significantly caught my eye was one described as “Speed-Dating for Nonprofits.” I have had a heart for volunteering since I was a kid.As a recent transplant from Minnesota, I was looking for a way to get involved in the local community.As an intern with the Research Triangle Foundation, I am fortunate to be able to attend many of the events that the Foundation puts on.During my first week in the position, I went through the calendar of events on our website and chose which ones I would like to participate in.
” Based on the answers to these questions, the ESC chose organizations which would benefit from the individuals who would attend.
Between the ESC’s presentation and the actual speed-dating, we had each been given a packet containing information about the organizations that we would be speaking with.
Over 35 organizations had been vying for a spot at the event.
The 20 spots for the event (which had been snatched up in the first half hour that tickets were released), were filled with capable individuals, ready to get to work to make a difference.
The event started with a presentation from the ESC, whose mission is to provide professional, affordable consulting to area nonprofits to help them achieve their missions.
According to the ESC, most individuals that attended had at least three organization matches, and each organization that attended had multiple candidate matches as well.