What type of people are you looking for?
That’s a great question, and one that probably has the broadest answer because Board Members are people, and every person is unique.
The most important thing that we’re looking for in any Board Member is a person of character. For us that means someone who strives for integrity and honesty. As an organization we firmly believe in accurately representing the work we’re doing, our accomplishments, and even our struggles and failures. We make this a priority because we also believe that transparency isn’t an option – it’s a requirement. We think that any of our supporters or donors should be able to visit our site in Haiti at any point and find that we’re doing exactly what we have said we’re doing. Same thing with finances. We want our donors to have full confidence that their gifts and support are being used with wisdom and good stewardship so we can make the biggest impact possible.
We want people who believe in commitment. The work we do is important. It’s something that affects the lives of others. When our Board Members make a commitment we want them to do so with enthusiasm, but we also want them to be realistic about what they know they can follow through with.
Clean Water for Haiti is all about loving people in a practical way, so naturally we want people who love people. If you’re reading this then it’s probably because you love the work that Clean Water for Haiti is doing. When we love something we want to tell other people about it – something that helps us do more of what we do. Our Board Members also need to learn a bit about Haiti and the water issues here. We don’t need experts, just people who have a genuine interest and can communicate what we do to others.
Lastly, we want people who are willing to be challenged. We all have a variety of skills and talents. Sometimes we’re used to putting those to good use, and sometimes we’re not even aware that we possess them. Often the task at hand needs someone who is willing even though they might not think they’re the most equipped. We all have the ability to learn and take on new things, and our hope is that our Board Of Directors will be a diverse group of people working together and learning as we go.