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Retirement Weekly: Thinking of joining a nonprofit board in your retirement? Look before you leap

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Many retirees serve on nonprofit boards. If you ask a roomful of them to rate their experience, some would rave about the joy of giving back. Others would call it a disaster.

Joining the board of directors of a nonprofit organization is a hit-or-miss proposition. But if you do your due diligence and follow a few simple rules at the outset, you’re more likely to come away satisfied.

“The nonprofit community always needs more board members,” said Cynthia Remec, executive director of New York City-based BoardAssist. “But if folks don’t approach the matching process thoughtfully, they won’t be happy with the board they join, which is a shame as there are more than enough boards that are great fits for most people.”

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