The Real Cost of Keeping New Year's Resolutions

By Yvette Romero and MaryAnn Busso - 2011-12-22T19:20:53Z

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I Will Volunteer For a Non-Profit Board

Doing volunteer work didn't make it onto FC Organizational Products' top resolutions back in 2002. This year it does. "It's possible that because of recent wars, there is a stronger feeling of patriotism today," says DeVoll.

$1,500: Typical contribution to a small social services organization, according to Michael Davidson, Board Coach
$1,500: Fill a table for 10 at $150 per seat for a fundraising event
$0: Your time. Davidson says a non-profit board member would typically spend 10 hours a month in meetings, committee meetings and phone calls.