Top 6 Traits of a Great Board Member

While all effective board members understand and meet their basic responsibilities, truly exceptional board members do more. They go beyond the basics and pay attention to how they approach board service.
This motivating resource from BoardSource provides the top 6 traits of exceptional board members. As a bonus, the resource also outlines 6 parallel “Don‘t do” behaviors that could easily sabotage your effectiveness as a board member.
Download this resource and reflect on your own board service and which of the 6 traits you can adopt in the coming year.
Board Chairs and Vice Chairs: Are you interested in growing in your leadership for Jewish Camp? Did you know that JCamp 180 is now offering a Professional Development program called LEAP for current or incoming Board and Camp Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs? You can learn more about LEAP on our website. If you are already interested, you can apply to LEAP today.

Written by Julia Riseman. Julia is a Mentor with JCamp 180. Julia leads Data2Donors, a program to advance Alumni Outreach, improve camp databases, and raise more major gifts, and Fundraising Fundamentals. Julia has also sparked the creation of many JCamp 180 programs and offerings, including this blog.

Who we are: JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). Our goal is to significantly enhance the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit Jewish camps in North America. To meet this goal, we provide affiliated Jewish camps with consulting services, annual conferences, shared resources, professional development, and matching grant opportunities. Find more at

Julia Riseman
JCamp 180