Nonprofits often struggle with how to recruit and manage board members who will contribute to the mission with their leadership and support. There are the obvious responsibilities associated with board membership including: defining (and often refining) the mission, adopting. amending and monitoring bylaws, supervising the executive director, etc. There are also more subtle responsibilities that involve serving as a spokesperson for the organization, fundraising, offering direction, and helping the organization to maintain a positive outlook. The requirements to be a contributing board member are varied and require a range of skills. Although they may be qualified on paper or have a strong emotional attachment to the mission, not every candidate has what it takes. Contributing to the mission at the board level involves much more than just attending periodic meetings and serving on committees. Too many nonprofits, however, are missing out when it comes to choosing board members who are capable of making a contribution.
But how do you gather the best possible members for your board? While it may be easy, especially during the beginning when you are forming your nonprofit, to appoint friends and family members, this is not generally the best long term strategy. As reality sets in – and the complexities of the nonprofit’s work changes and grows, new experiences, connections, talents and professional skills are needed. Building an effective board requires intentional steps and careful planning to find the best people with the specific traits and talents that you need to enhance your nonprofit.
Join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as she explores key strategies and steps to take to ensure your board recruitment activities focus on what you need today – and in the future.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Discuss basic responsibilities of nonprofit board members
- Understand effective strategies for identifying who you need
- Review steps for assessing your current board. What do you do when a board member is no longer making the contribution which you expect?
- Consider best practices to include in your recruitment processes
- Understand how to attract the right people to your board
- Identify key aspects to communicate regarding expectations
- Find ways to deal with board member issues
- Identify basic rules for the board and key principles of board work
- Understand committees and how to use them to streamline your work
- Consider steps to take for onboarding new board members
- Review practical tips to ensure your mission is executed well
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Recruiting & Managing Effective Board Members: Key to Achieving Your Mission” is Lynn Ivey. Lynn is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the US. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a strong passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. She has also held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.