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IdeaEncore logoBoard Recruitment Resources

February 2012

A well-functioning board of directors is not only essential to meeting legal requirements but also essential to helping your organization achieve its goals and mission. The type of board you have and the effectiveness of its performance often depend on the effort you put into identifying the skills, expertise, and contacts your board needs and then recruiting people who can bring them to work for your organization.

Recruiting the right board members takes lots of hard work, much of it done weeks or months before you begin to ask people to come on the board. The key is to create an intentional recruitment plan that clearly defines the kind of board members you need and outlines a recruitment and orientation process that is carefully matched to your organization's programs, operations, and resource needs.

IdeaEncore Network has board recruitment, nomination, orientation, and evaluation tools that have been tested and proven by other nonprofits. Using as is or adapting the resources below can help you find the right board members for your organization.

Before You Recruit

  • Before beginning board recruitment, it may be helpful to read Creating the Future's article 10 STOP Signs on the Road to Board Recruitment and consider whether or not your organization is ready to recruit new board members (free).
  • NEW's (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) packet, The Board Room—Board Member Recruitment, includes important components for managing board recruitment, such as a recruitment time line and invitation and rejection letters ($5).

Nominating Process

Recruiting Process


  • Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida's Board Member Expectation Statement breaks down the general activities needed from board members and is a great addition to any board orientation process (free).
  • Nonprofit Management Services' comprehensive Two Hour Board Training was designed to be easily adapted so that any nonprofit can train quickly and effectively orient new board members ($5).

Evaluating Board Performance

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Florence (Flo) Green is co-founder and vice president of IdeaEncore Network (www.ideaencore.com), which envisions a future in which every nonprofit shares what they know. Nonprofits can use our online information resource exchange to save time/money by reusing shared knowledge, by uploading files/links for others to use (for free or to sell), by making their expertise visible by "liking," rating, and commenting, and by embedding their branded online library—that displays IdeaEncore resources—within their Web sites.

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