November 23, 2021

3 Board Recruitment Errors You Can Easily 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 errors.


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- Error #1

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

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

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

For more answers, explore Karen’s Nonprofit CEO Library.

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Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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