Discovering Potential Board Members

Dr. Sarah W. Mackey

It is a responsibility of the nonprofit’s board of directors is to ensure the organization has the necessary leadership to carry out the organization’s mission.  One way boards of directors fulfill this role is through recruiting new board members.

As board member terms expire, nonprofit boards recruit new board members to fill vacancies on the board.  Here are four strategies to discover new potential board members for your nonprofit organization:

Recommendations:  Ask for recommendations from current board members and staff at the nonprofit organization.  They may be aware of someone who may be a great match for a board position vacancy.  Past leaders of the organization might also have some input of people they know who may be good candidates for the board of directors. Also, talk to the organization’s program staff, perhaps they know of someone who would be ideal for a board position who either benefited from the…

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