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Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?You’re recruiting board members. Which of the following represents the top trait to pursue?

  1. Candidates with high-net-worth who can make large donations,
  2. Individuals who know lots of people who will make lots of introductions,
  3. People who work well with others, or
  4. Something else.

The Answer

The answer is d. Something else. While having board members with means, great connections and people skills represent desirable characteristics, you need members who can think strategically.

Why are people who think strategically so valuable …

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What Is The Most Important Board Member Characteristic?

What Is The Most Important Board Member Characteristic?

Do you want to recruit new board members? What is the most important characteristic to seek? The ability to write large checks? An extensive network of friends? Or, how well they work with others? All of these characters will provide value to your nonprofit organization. However, the key characteristic is something else. Watch to learn more.

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"Help! My Board Won't Help Raise Revenue"

“Help! My Board Won’t Help Raise Revenue”

The Origins of Unhealthy Board Resistance

"Help! My Board Won't Help Raise Revenue"“We ask our board to get five people to donate, and they do,” the speaker said.

“How do you do that?” came an incredulous cry from the audience.

Learning that a board helps with fundraising should not leave nonprofit leaders incredulous. Healthy boards engage and lead. Healthy boards support income growth.

The support, you seek, may or may not include “getting five people to donate.” It does involve measurable actions to boost revenue growth. …

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Added Value Video: How Can You Activate Meeting-Only Board Members?

How Can You Activate Meeting-Only Board Members?

Your board members are active at meetings, but otherwise uninspired to help with fun social media and easy fundraising tasks. List to this video to discover your next steps on this good-to-have-challenge.

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Added Value Video: Are You In Danger of Mission Drift?

Are You In Danger of Mission Drift? Quick Turn Around!

What is mission drift? How can you avoid drifting away from what’s most critical to your organization? Watch this video to learn the most important questions to ask to avoid mission drift.

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Nonprofit Conflicts: What's Your Policy Fire Suppression or Controlled Burn?

Nonprofit Conflicts: What’s Your Policy Fire Suppression or Controlled Burn?

Nonprofit Conflicts: What's Your Policy Fire Suppression or Controlled Burn?As I write this, California still blazes with thirteen fires. We have family near one fire, so I’m counting. Reporters tell us that this fire rages in an area that has been fireless for 40-years.

Blazing fires brings up a nonprofit management question: What is your fire policy? Do you stomp the flames out immediately? Do you let them burn? Or, do you set fires, that is, controlled burns?

Fire, in this case, represents nonprofit conflict. Rephrased my question is: …

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Added Value Video: How Can You Overcome Board Fundraising Pushback?

How Can You Overcome Board Fundraising Pushback?

When you ask your board’s for help, do you get resistance? Discover the three most common reasons for pushback. Your new insights will help you to turn resistance into energy growing revenue.


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Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

Learn from My Error and Create a Board that Governs

Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

It was a beautiful August morning. Twenty campers and four counselors outfitted in orange lifejackets paddled silver canoes across a glassy blue lake in northern New Hampshire.

We pulled up to a sand spit. As we unloaded, I, one of the junior counselors, muttered, “I wish I had a brownie. We should have brought snacks.”

In response, all twenty campers moaned in unison about their starvation.

I wanted to stuff …

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The Board vs. Staff Game

The Board vs. Staff Game: Replacing Divide and Conquer with Let’s Make Millions Together

The Board vs. Staff GameIt started with a threat, from a board member in the midst of a board meeting.

“If she doesn’t produce in a year, she’s out of here.”

Thirty seconds. Sixty seconds.

Silence hung in the room like fog at dawn.

I was beginning my third job with a nonprofit. The first two positions were highly-sought-after spots with low-pay and high-perks.

This job was different.

This nonprofit hired me after a near-unanimous vote, which the executive director explained, “was pretty unusual …

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How Can You Recruit Fabulous Board Members?

Since your board will be your boss, you want to create a great one. How can you do that? In this quick video, Karen’s advice helps you to get started creating the board of your dreams.

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