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Nonprofits and their Board Members – Matches Made in Heaven?

The Fit of Nonprofit Board of Directors Positions

  For the past two years (around the new year) I have published a series of blog articles focused on recruiting and retaining a great nonprofit Board of Directors.  I take readers through 4 steps: Assess, Plan, Train, and Manage.  Within these steps are more detailed tasks such as determining who you are as an organization as well as deciding your organization’s needs, engaging in strategic planning, supporting and training your board & staff members and then managing the performance & outcomes of the board as well as your organization.  Organizations of all stages of development, from emerging to mature, can benefit from periodically re-assessing these areas. Today I would like to dig a little deeper.  Read More

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit Board- Part IV

Universal thank you note by Woodley Wonder Works via flicker Today is the last installment of the 4 steps you can take to recruiting and retaining the right board members for your nonprofit organization's (NPO) board of directors.  We will discuss Step 4- Manage your board.  Managing and maintaining a good, strong functioning board can be challenging.  When you have taken the previously stated 3 steps, it is then time to monitor the efforts that you have already put in place.  As with the second step, Plan, I will ask you some questions today to guide your thinking when working on managing your board. Read More

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit Board- Part III

Zone3 by David Bleasdale via Flicker Over the past three weeks, we have reviewed some steps that you and your board can take to recruit and retain the 'right' board members.  Please see the below graphic for a review of the steps. We have already discussed the importance of Assessing the needs of your board and organization as well as Planning for the right board members. Today, we will discuss Training your board. Read More

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit Board- Part II

Right-hook warning sign at Stanford Thank you for coming back to learn more about the next step to help you recruit and retain the right board members!  Last week we spoke about the first step, Assess.  This week we will discuss the next step, Step 2 = Plan.  I will ask some questions to guide your thinking.  These questions will revolve around your organization's goals and deciding who the right people are to help your organization reach those goals .  Then I will make some suggestions of actions that you can take from your planning efforts.    Read More

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit Board- Part I

Detective by olarte.ollie via Flicker I'm excited to get into more detail to help you recruit and retain the right board members!  Last week I gave an overview of certain steps your board can take to ensure that you are recruiting and then retaining candidates who are the best fit for your nonprofit board.  This week, we will speak in some more detail about Step 1 = Assess.  When conducting an initial assessment of your board, on a broad scale, it is important to determine the status of your organization as well as to decide the specific needs of your board. Read More