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Recruiting Your Best Board Members

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Many boards are built socially instead of strategically. Yet, inability to bring a diversity of opinions, a much-needed skill set, a wider network of friends, or a broader access to funds is often …

Many boards are built socially instead of strategically. Yet, inability to bring a diversity of opinions, a much-needed skill set, a wider network of friends, or a broader access to funds is often what holds many nonprofits from reaching their ultimate potential. A professionally recruited board can be an organization's biggest champion, bench, and friend. This webinar will teach you how to apply the tried-and-true methods of executive search to your next nonprofit board member search.

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  • 1. Recruiting Your Best Board Members Laura Gassner Otting, Founder and President Lisa Catapano, JD, Managing Associate Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC October 20, 2010 Use Twitter Hashtag #npweb Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
  • 2. Helping ordinary people raise extraordinary amounts for nonprofits is all we do, and we love it. A Proud Sponsor of NonprofitWebinars.com
  • 3. Today’s Speakers Laura Gassner Otting, President Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LGO@NonprofitProfessionals.com 617-527-9661 Lisa Catapano, JD, Managing Associate Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group Lisa@NonprofitProfessionals.com 866-903-3182 Hosting: Sam Frank, Synthesis Partnership Assisting with chat questions: Chris Dumas, FirstGiving
  • 4. What is the Purpose of a Board? Overview Legal and Fiduciary Operating in Accordance with Mission Compliance with Tax-Exempt Status Fund-raising Exercise Duty of Care Individual Donations Protecting Assets External Advocacy/Solicitation Events Oversight Moderating Management Powers Constituency Representation Hiring and Removing Chief Executive Voice in Governance Voting
  • 5. What is the Responsibility of a Board Member? Overview Fulfill Mission and Purpose Hiring/Support/Performance Assessment of Chief Executive Planning and Resources Management Setting Strategy/Providing Support for Programs & Services Enhancing Public Standing Recruiting Board Members/Assess Board Performance
  • 6. What Motivates Board Members? Pitfall #2 Mission Social Impact Career Transition (For-profit to Non-profit Sector) Personal Connection Professional Growth Career Fulfillment Networking
  • 7. Wooing Board Members Pitfall #3 Identify Motivating Factors Market to Motivators Make Personal Connections/Tell Compelling Stories Meet Existing Board Members with Shared Motivators
  • 8. Executive Search: An Overview Search 101 6. Onboarding 5. Getting to Yes! 4. Checking Your Instincts 3. Making Wiser Choices 2. Building a Diverse Pool 1. Scoping the Position
  • 9. Evaluating the New Terrain Scoping the Position Knowing Exactly Who You Are Recruiting Key Position is Open Fill the Shoes Reassess to Position Stagnate Thrive! Opportunity for Strategic Reflection and Redirection
  • 10. Where You Go is Determined by Where You Are Building a Deep Pool Primary Recruiting Priorities: Age: 30-39 Ethnicity: AA, Latino, Foreign Born Sector: Education/Child Dev Interests/Knowledge: Program Secondary Recruiting Priorities: Age: 60-69 Sector: Nonprofit, FR, EdAdmin Interests/Knowledge: Legal, HR, Technology
  • 11. Getting What You Pay For Vetting Process Interview Board Candidates Consider Your Role Ask Good Questions Understand and Articulate the Value Proposition Determine Alignment of Expectations Conclude Well Reference Checking Board Candidates Uncover All Sides of the Story Get the Reference Talking Turn Over Every Rock with Private Investigation
  • 12. Protecting Your Investment On boarding The Search is Over! Or, Is It? Hiring Managers: Making the Candidate Feel Welcome Business cards, welcome gift, lunch with coworkers Board: Setting Benchmarks for Success A month or two into tenure, develop benchmarks together. Check in regularly on progress, road blocks, successes. Taking Responsibility What is YOUR role?
  • 13. Resources Please see our Article Library at: http://www.NonprofitProfessionals.com http://www.BoardSource.org Blue Avocado Newsletter
  • 14. Find the listings for our current season of webinars and register at NonprofitWebinars.com Chris Dumas Chris@NonprofitWebinars.com 707-812-1234 Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

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