Board members play such a key role in a charity's life that they need to be trained up, well versed in the organization, and carefully chosen to bring appropriate skills to the organization.
"I normally wheel it out to impress. “Oh yes, the charity I’m a trustee for ...” is often thrown in to a conversation and will usually at the very least keep the small talk flowing.
"But truth be told, when I actually think of being a trustee, a knot grows in the pit of my stomach because *whisper it* I’m not really sure that I know what I’m doing. And in the current climate, after the Kids Company fandango, the stakes seem too high for that to be the case. “Could I be the next Yentob?” I ask myself – and I’m not thinking of fronting the BBC Imagine series."--Anonymous, The Guardian