Taking a break with volunteer organization
I've been involved with a community organization for 6 years. When I got involved I realized it was corrupt and mismanaged. I demanded accountability and forced the organization to adhere to its by-laws. It was a fight but the organization is running smoothly now. The reason I stayed as long as I did was that I could work with its president. We butted heads but he was honest and came through when required. He's tired too and he opted to resign last month. I am now concerned whether I want to work with the new president. He's not a bad guy but I don't think I have it in me to start all over again with a new guy. I don't think I am being appreciated and people are just assuming I will do all this work. I've enjoyed it up to this point.
The problem is I don't think anyone else is going to have the spine to do what I have done. I am a bit out of the box, and can really put up a fight when necessary. The organization will probably fall back to its corruption if I leave. Nobody has reached out to me during this transition to talk to me about my involvement, express appreciation or see if I am willing to continue with the new administration. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should proceed?
I, too, belong to several organizations - treasurer of two. I have always thought that the best thing to do for an organization is to be able to walk out the door.
So that’s the greatest gift you can leave to this group: make sure your role is handed off to at least one other person on the board. Whether that is in policies and procedures, programs, strategic planning, financial policies and reporting, etc.
Pick someone to mentor and get ready to assume your duties. Can you find a like- minded person on the board who will carry on your vision?
Thank you SUSIEDQQ for your response. I have tried mightily to mentor people within this organization. I have spent hours of hard work this last year trying to explain how I do what I do to a multitude of different people. The only person who took a real interest was the old president, because he wanted to know how I was filtering data. On other matters I've worked with three younger people. Between you, me and the lamp post, I don't think any of them is up for the task. But this isn't from my lack of trying. I've done the very best I could.
Writing this post last night gave me a great sense of relief. I've been anxious and a bit angry for two weeks now, not having received a group email or an individual email from the new president or vice president on which direction they plan to take this organization. I think they are under the impression that not only myself but all the other hard working individuals are going to stay on and work diligently, while they get to take all the credit and make the big decisions. The VP has me a bit concerned. I've never talked to her and she's a lawyer that probably is going to want to nitpick everything, say no a lot and slow things down. That's my impression of her. I can't work like that. These aren't motivators.
I finally got a good night's sleep last night. I can wrap up everything that is my responsibility for this organization this upcoming week. I haven't missed a meeting in 3 years. I'm going to miss the June meeting to think about everything. July we take a hiatus. If I still feel the same I can quietly resign at the end of July. I've been so successful recently that I can probably sit on any board I want, and there is something I want to do next year along the same lines that will put a pile of cash in my pocket. I've been turning down opportunities because of my obligations with this organization.
I'm so glad I was able to think about this on this forum. If I tell even one of my friends this news will travel all over the neighborhood, as it is a sweet piece of information. I'd rather keep it under my hat for as long as possible. Thank you all for doing what you do on People's Problems. You once gave me a piece of advice a few years ago that was so good I have repeated it often to many people and it has been very helpful.