Your board plays an important role in the governance of your nonprofit organization. The board members are expected to help with fundraising, organizational reputation in the community, and sharing their expertise in many areas to the mission work that the organization does every day.
Nonprofit organizations want to strive to have the "best" board members working in tandem with staff to do their most impactful work to help the clients being served. This doesn't happen without being intentional with regard to recruiting and keeping board members engaged. Thus, it is important for boards to look at skill sets, diversity of age, gender, and race when recruiting and filling board positions.
Board service is considered the highest level of volunteerism in a nonprofit organization and in order to maximize this, boards need to consider what a potential board member brings to the organization.
Typically, this includes one's time, talent, and treasure. These include:
- Board members committing to meeting attendance, committee participation, assistance with fundraising, representing the organization, etc.
- Board member's willingness to bring their legal, human resources, marketing, and other talents to assist the organization
- Board members need to be willing to assist the organization with making connections in the community, making a financial commitment, and bringing other treasures to assist the organization in providing programs and services to meet mission
This blog was written by Academy for Nonprofit Excellence Instructor, Amy Nisenson.