No Volunteers to Govern a Not-for-Profit Organisation?

No Volunteers to Govern a Not-for-Profit Organisation?

  The Issue It is not uncommon for a society or a charitable trust to find it difficult to find suitable volunteers to fill committee positions or to serve as chartable trustees.  This is a worrying situation for those still prepared to serve, and no statute or constitution will help find volunteers when there are none!   Why are there no volunteers? Those advising organisations with a dearth of volunteers have no magic wand to wave to solve the problem, so the first question to ask is why volunteers cannot be found.  The reasons can be many and varied, and should be analysed. Some of the common reasons may include one or more of the following: Perhaps the organisation’s purposes have run their course, in which case the perceived need for an organisation to exist may have disappeared.  For instance, when women gained the right to vote societies seeking that legislative change had achieved their purposes.  Some such societies might have morphed into political parties or into lobby groups or might have altered their purposes to pursue related causes, but others would simply have ceased their activities. Do those considerations apply? Even if an organisation’s purposes have not run their course the way the organisation is operating may have ceased to inspire involvement or to be effective.  This may be the result of those in leadership becoming tired or stale or upsetting the organisation’s supporters, or the organisation itself may just need to be reinvigorated. All too often those governing an organisation are so immersed in “doing” or managing, that strategic thinking and planning ceases to feature in their...