Intro - As we approach mid-year, many nonprofits are hustling to recruit that final candidate for the July 1 start of the fiscal year or beginning to look at the long list of experienced board members who will be stepping down in December 2012. We found this article that provides a pretty comprehensive look at finding the right board members.
A key ingredient to increasing a nonprofit organization's impact in the community it serves is having the right people on the team. Critical to this team are an organization's board members.
"Board composition is a key lever," said Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, a partner at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor to nonprofits and philanthropy. "Having the right people with the right skills helps the organization achieve its strategic goals."
Therefore, the first question that nonprofits should consider as they start to formulate their board recruiting plans is: What are our key strategic priorities, and what new skills or expertise might we need on our board to help us achieve those priorities?