Your nonprofit board needs some new blood or maybe there are some board members retiring in the near future. Where do you find their replacements?
“The first step is to consider to whom your organization needs to be connected,” according to James Mueller, a former nonprofit executive and founder of James Mueller & Associates in Delray Beach, Fla. “Once you create a descriptive template or profile, you immediately take a step in the right direction away from your implicit biases because you are describing measurable attributes.”
In his book, Onboarding Champions: The seven recruiting principles of highly effective nonprofit boards, Mueller recommends four categories for connections:
Of course, just because someone fits one of those four categories does not qualify them for a board seat. Recruiting for character and governance competence precedes recruiting for connections, according to Mueller, a former chief operating officer at Grenzebach Glier & Associates.
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