Board Development

Find Your Team

Recruiting Without Planning Makes Bad Matches.

When we ask nonprofit leaders what's keeping them awake at night, a common answer is: "finding good board members." We believe the keys to successful board recruitment are knowing what you need from board members, creating a process that can be institutionalized, and engaging the full team. We apply our extensive experience in executive search to board recruitment, and craft a thoughtful, actionable plan that will help you build a passionate, engaged, committed board of directors.

Our board recruitment planning includes several key steps:

  • Board survey and discussion about the skills, experiences, perspectives and other characteristics that are valuable to the group and will help the organization reach its goals.
  • Succession planning conversations that include mapping out board terms timeline, cultivating a pipeline of future officers, and building a deep and diverse leadership bench on the board.
  • Plan development with ideal board member profiles, suggestions for identifying possible candidates and criteria for evaluation, recommendations for onboarding and general board development and training.
  • Training the full board on the recruitment process. Even if you have a nominating committee taking the lead, it's important for all board members to engage in recruiting. We explain roles, tasks and timelines and brainstorm networks and relationships that can be explored.

After you've planned, you're ready to make connections! Join our next CauseCupid mixer in your area.

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