Board of Directors Resignation Letter

Serving on a board of directors of any organization can be challenging. Whether the board is that of a major corporation, or a non-profit agency, the time demands of board service can cut into personal life and work schedules. Often, organizations will keep board members for as long as they will serve. However most board members will agree that board turnover is a positive aspect, allowing new talent and ways of thinking that can help and organization chart a new direction.

Sometimes an organization’s philosophy may change. A change in philosophy or vision may conflict with a board member’s values. When this occurs a board member may feel the need to resign. Regardless of the reason for leaving a board of directors, it is appropriate to write a board of directors resignation letter. The board member who resigned from a board, might be surprised to learn that a letter is necessary. However, the letter explains the reason for leaving a board and also provides recommendations and suggestions that might help the board or organization in the future. A good resignation letter can be written by following a director resignation letter template. The following three templates represent resignation letter examples for directors. To use these templates a director can simply substitute his or her name and the name of the board in the appropriate spaces.

Director Resignation Letter Templates

Letter #1

It is with much difficulty that I submit this letter of resignation from the Hope House Board of Directors, effective at the close of the next board meeting. Over the years Hope House has provided wonderful services to children in our community. I am glad that I could be a small part of that success. However, I can no longer meet the increased time commitments required to move the organization to the next level.

I will continue to speak a good word for hope house and lend my support to the organization as time permits. Should you need a recommendation for someone to replace me on the board, I will be happy to share the names of a few people that I think would be a good fit.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of a dynamic organization. Please keep in touch.

Letter #2

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of my immediate resignation from the Board of Directors of Hope House. I came to the board very eager to help with fundraising and other activities to help the organization move forward. However, I am concerned that my philosophy and vision for the organization is not in line with the thinking of the majority of the Board of Directors.

I have no hard feelings concerning Board decisions regarding the center. I am simply acknowledging that you need people who can help you accomplish the plans you have for the organization.

Thank you for allowing me to work with you, learn from you, and most of important all have the opportunity to help at risk youth accomplish great things.

Letter #3

Serving with each of you on the Hope House Board of Directors has been both an honor and a privilege. That is why it is hard for me to write this letter of resignation. I will resign my position on the board effective March 31, 2012. I have decided to retire from my regular job, and to give up my position on the Board, while I explore some new options. After 40 years of working and serving as a board member of various organizations, the time has also come to devote more energy to my family.

I hope that you will continue providing excellent guidance and oversight of Hope House. Your dedicated service has helped the organization go from good to great! Serving with you for the past five years has helped me to grow in ways that I never imagined. Keep that positive enthusiasm as you serve children who desperate need love and guidance.

Please let me know if I can help with events or other activities. I may not be able to help with every commitment, but I am willing to make time to assist you a couple of times each year.

Writing a resignation for a director does not have to be a chore. However, due to the difficulty in finding qualified Board members for organizations, it is important to be encouraging toward those who will continue serving and the organization’s director and staff. The letter of resignation should evidence that the person leaving has the organization and board’s best interest in mind.