Nonprofit Volunteer Leadership: A Moral Imperative

by | Dec 5, 2014 | Board Capacity Building

This afternoon I watched a video – for the fourth or fifth time – by an extraordinary nonprofit leader:  Steve Goldman, MD, who has for several years chaired the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco County, Florida.  I’ve been fortunate to work with Steve, his Vice Chair, Ellie Paladine, his other Clinic Board colleagues, and Melissa Fahy, CEO of the Clinic, on a couple of occasions over the past four years, helping them design and facilitate intensive daylong retreats involving the Clinic Board and staff members and also community leaders who strongly support the Clinic’s work in Pasco County.  I certainly admired Steve’s commitment to Good Sam, as evidenced by his devoting hundreds of hours to its governance over the years, but until I shot this video I didn’t realize the depth of his passion about nonprofit volunteering.

In this deeply moving video, Steve describes his volunteering at Good Sam – as a founder of the Clinic, as one of its volunteer physicians, and as long-time chair of its Board of Directors – as not just a matter of good citizenship, but as a moral imperative.  Not to volunteer one’s time and talent to those in need would, to Steve, mean being less than a full-fledged member of the human community.  Click here to watch Steve’s video, and by all means let me know what you think:….

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