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Inside the Mind of a Board Candidate: Seven Questions for Which You Need Ready Answers

Anyone you hope to recruit to your board has questions, often unspoken, that you need to answer if you want their meaningful commitment. I’ll focus on seven such questions here. In my book, The Ultimate Board Member’s Book, you’ll find others, as well as the answers board candidates find most satisfying.


Rules of (Board) Engagement: How to Recruit the Right Board Members for Your Nonprofit

Board recruitment, and more specifically, recruiting the right board members, should be among the most critical issues for any nonprofit. The strength of an organization and its ability to achieve its mission through smart governance, creative thinking, and fundraising is dependent on the board and those the organization entrusts to lead it. With a strategic approach to the recruitment process, a nonprofit’s development department can better harness the potential of its board members and raise more money and awareness for the organization.


Finding the Right Nonprofit Board Members? Formulate a Plan

Nonprofits from civic organizations to member associations to philanthropic foundations share a common opportunity and challenge—recruiting and retaining strong and effective boards. There is intense competition for effective and committed nonprofit board members, and organizations must be both strategic and targeted in the way in which they approach prospective candidates. While some of the best members serve on multiple not-for-profit boards, the majority of top candidates only have time and resources for one or two substantive commitments.