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As the governing body of a nonprofit, the Board of Directors is responsible for executing a very important range of functions. The Board oversees the finances of a nonprofit, advocates for its central ...

As the governing body of a nonprofit, the Board of Directors is responsible for executing a very important range of functions. The Board oversees the finances of a nonprofit, advocates for its central cause, and guides the strategic direction of the organization.

How can you find, and KEEP, the best people for your Board?

Learn about recruiting top talent to your Board, as well as discussing how to train, evaluate, and cultivate new and existing Board members to ensure they are working hard for your nonprofit.

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    Building Your Nonprofit Board - Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Building Your Nonprofit Board - Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Presentation Transcript

    • Building Your Nonprofit Board:Attracting & Retaining Top TalentAvrum D. Lapin & J. Lansing SylviaThe EHL Consulting Group, Inc.@EHLConsultGrp
    • What is a Board of Directors?The Board of Directors for anonprofit organization is agroup of individuals whoare legally and financiallyresponsible for the conductof the organization.www.ehlconsulting.com
    • Building Your Board:Key Responsibilities• All Board Members must fulfill theirresponsibilities to the nonprofit that theyrepresent:–Fiduciary Oversight–Board Member Giving–Expansion and Diversification–Training and Orientation–Encourage a “Culture of Philanthropy”www.ehlconsulting.com
    • Building Your Board:Ideal Characteristics• Your Ideal Board Member should be:–Passionate–Connected–Active–Committed–Confidentwww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Building Your Board:Where To Look?• Similar/Compatible Organizations• Board Members’ “Circles of Influence”• Young Professionals Networks• University Graduate Programs• Google Alerts – Who is in the News?• Your “Pyramid of Volunteer Engagement”www.ehlconsulting.com
    • Pyramid of Volunteer EngagementSTATICSTATICSOCIALSOCIALSOCIALwww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Making Your Board Attractive:Connecting Desires to BenefitsDESIRES:Why would Board membersgive time and money toyour organization?BENEFITS:What will they get in returnfor doing so?www.ehlconsulting.com
    • Building Your Board:Making the “Ask”• Approach making the “ask” like you would witha major donor…because Board members aremajor donors!– Prospect Research– Who will make the ask?– The value of a team approach• Answer the Three Essential Questions:– Why me? Why now? What for?www.ehlconsulting.com
    • Letter of Commitment:Importance of Documentation• Board Members are leaders and must “signon the dotted line” in order to formally join:–Financial Expectations–Meeting Dates and Times–Attendance Policy–Committee Requirements–Participation in Signature Events–Term Limits and Nomination Procedureswww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Managing Your Board:You’re All in This Together!• Board Chair – Leading by Example• The Board Chair/Executive Director Dynamic• Written Job Descriptions• An Involved Board = A Strong Boardwww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Retaining Your Board:Play to Their Fundraising Strengths• Give and Get vs. Give or Get• Clearly Define “Fundraising”• Play to Their Strengths• Make ‘em Work to Keep ‘em Happywww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Retaining Your Board:The Importance of Board Stewardship• Board members are leaders as well as donors, and itis important to treat them as such!– Remember the “Rule of Seven”– Personalized Thank You Notes– Periodic Phone Calls– Ask for Advice!– Highlight Board Members in Communications– Recognition During Eventswww.ehlconsulting.com
    • Final ThoughtsSetting clear expectations, recruitingthe right people, and appreciatingtime and talent are the keys tobuilding a strong and involved Boardof Directors.www.ehlconsulting.com
    • For More Information:Our website: www.ehlconsulting.comAvrums’s email: alapin@ehlconsulting.comLansie’s email: lsylvia@ehlconsulting.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/ehlconsultingTwitter: @EHLConsultGrp
    • Copyright © J. Lansing Sylvia 2013All Rights Reserved.No part of this presentation or associateddocumentation may be reproduced withoutwritten consent from the author.www.ehlconsulting.com