3 Board Recruitment Mistakes to Avoid

As you recruit nonprofit board members, avoid three common board member recruitment mistakes.


Your job satisfaction as a nonprofit CEO or executive director depends significantly on your relationship with the board. Board relationships often make the difference between that executive staying or resigning. In one study, it was the top job-specific reason CEOs resigned.  (The other top reasons were “wanting to retire” and the generic “it was time.”)

The root of successful board relationships is your board member recruitment process. I’ve seen boards and CEOs sow the seeds of micromanaging and limited engagement in my years of advising nonprofit leaders, all stemming from who was invited to the table.

Discover how you can avoid three common nonprofit board recruitment mistakes.

Contents of 3 Nonprofit Board Recruitment Mistakes to Avoid

0:00 An Important Question to Ask Before You Recruit Board Member

0:30 How Can You Avoid Lousy Board Members?

0:47 When Anyone Won’t Do- Mistake #1

1:26 Nice, But Not Only Nice-Mistake #2

2:19 How Solving Mistake #2 Might Cause Mistake #3

3:27 You Deserve and Need Sensational Board Members and You Can Recruit Them

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Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.