Anyone joining a nonprofit board should have a sense of what they bring to the table—not only at the actual meetings, but in between the meetings when the real work gets done.
This crowdsourced list of “25 things that awesome board members do, in no particular order” is a great reference guide for anyone on a board or considering joining one. In my own small experience, great onboarding and orientation for new members is usually more aspirational than real—but an overview like this one helps get you mentally prepared for the best way to make a great impact during your time.
I think the most important of the “25 things” is #4: “Love and believe in the organization. Awesome board members truly believe in the organization’s mission, vision, and values. They love the organization, they want to marry it, and it shows.”
You’re an evangelist if nothing else. It should show.