Board Resignation Letter Example

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When you find that it’s time for you to resign a board position, it’s important to do so with a professional letter. Most board positions are unpaid, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t compensated, either through contacts you have made, or opportunities you may have found along the way. Being on a board can be valuable for your resume, as it shows your willingness to be involved, and your interest in affecting change in the community.

You should treat this resignation as you would any other, so be sure to thank the other members for the opportunity and offer your continuing best wishes for the endeavor. As with any resignation, you will want to keep the tone very positive, regardless of the circumstances surrounding your leaving, given that you may find yourself interacting with other members at some time in the future. Make your last impression as impressive as your first.

Here are some examples of a professional resignation letter to use to give notice when resigning from a board. The letter should include the date the resignation is effective and the reason the writer is leaving the board.

Board Resignation Letter Example

Jeanette Smythe
City, State, Zip

Joseph Short
The Art Foundation
City, State, Zip


Dear Joseph,

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign my position on the Board of The Art Foundation, effective immediately.

My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the Board, and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.

If I can be of any assistance during the time it will take to fill the position, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best Regards,

Signature (hard copy letter)

Jeanette Smythe

Sending an Email Message

It’s often more convenient to send your resignation via email. Make sure you use a subject that will make clear what the email contains, so it’s given appropriate priority.

Subject: Resignation - Bill Jones

Dear Chelsea,

It has been my pleasure to serve with you on the board of the XYZ Council. You have given us a strong leadership, and I’ve enjoyed working with you for the last 3 years. I am sure that the goals we have set will be easily attained by the dedicated and talented members of this board.

That said, I feel that it is time for me to resign my position, and focus on some other areas of my career. Please consider my resignation effective the last day of our fiscal year, May 31, 20XX. Until such time, I am happy to continue to participate in the committees I am working with, and will also help to catch my replacement up to speed.

You may have some prospects in mind to consider for the position I am leaving, but if you would like my input on a candidate to take my place, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

(555) 123-4567

Here's more detail about how to send your email message including what to include, proofing, double checking that you have all the information you need, and sending a test message.

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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