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.
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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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