How to Find Nonprofit Board Members

Nonprofit Board Members act as stewards of an organization’s assets and provide oversight, foresight, and insight. They are often compared to crows perched on the crows nest, looking for storm clouds and rainbows. They aren’t in charge of all day-to-day operations, but they need to be able to look at the bigger picture.

Whether your nonprofit organization is established or a start-up there are numerous sources to help identify good board members. One of the most effective is to connect with your existing volunteer base. Examine your current events, committees, and youth leadership groups for anyone who seem to have the potential to become great leaders. You can also make use of newsletters and social media to advertise post-board positions to your local community.

Search job boards such as Impact Opportunity or Idealist for nonprofits and mission-driven organisations. Also, you can search within your professional fields to find people who are involved with nonprofits through their professional associations or companies that donate to them. If you discover certain people who seem to be ideal candidates contact them and ask if they are interested in joining your board.

Be aware that board members who are new as with any other staff member must be given a thorough orientation to ensure they are aware of their duties. This includes a clear outline of expectations regarding attendance and schedules, fundraising, the responsibilities for which they are recruited (e.g., budget management) and other governance policies.