Insights from Starboard: Board Recruitment

We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and individual clients, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

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Developing Your Hidden Gems: Building Leadership with a Passion For Your Mission

Board recruitment is one of the most important and challenging aspects of nonprofit work. Unfortunately, many nonprofits maximize their risks and minimize their opportunities because they look at it as an annual task rather than the ongoing leadership development process it should be. So, make a commitment towards identifying and nurturing internal leadership as a …
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The first meeting of the nominating committee

Does it alarm you that I suggest that one of your measures of success for the first meeting of the nominating committee should be that NO potential nominees’ names are put forward or discussed? It sounds completely counter to the committee’s purpose and reason for being, but hear me out. In other blog entries on …
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Are you ready if board recruits ask, “Why me?”

We are frequently asked to lead workshops on promoting community service and encouraging people to consider joining nonprofit boards of directors. We always advise these potential board members that the first question to ask when being recruited is, “Why me?” A board that has its act together should be able to answer that question in …
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Before you recruit, know what you want.

Looking at the title of this blog entry, it might seem logical (and grammatically correct) to suggest that it should read, “know WHO you want.” After all, isn’t that how most advisory council recruitment discussions begin? Our point here is that recruitment discussions should begin by asking, “What skills, knowledge, or experience do we need?” …
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Can you answer the question, “Why me?” when recruiting?

The kinds of individuals who you really want to invite onto your advisory council or your board are likely to ask you, “Why me?” The best candidates know that you must want something more than their good looks and great personalties. They also want to be assured that they aren’t just “warm bodies” who you …
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