Building An Effective Board of Directors Tips
Is your board of directors a diverse group of people with a real passion for the organization's mission, broad civic connections, deep pockets and no fear of giving and asking for donations to your organization? If not, here are some tips on recruiting board members with the three C's, the three T's, and the three W's, by using the 3 G's Method.
Enough alphabet soup for you? (Just in case you haven't heard these qualities beforethe Three C's are Cash, Clout and Contacts; the 3 T's are Time, Talent and Treasure; and the 3 W's are Work, Wealth and Wisdom.
Using the method below (the Three G's) will help you recruit an effective Board.
The First G-Gather
- Gather your Board together to determine what the Board needs in the way of skills, talents and diversity, and how these attributes can help the organization.
- Often bringing in an outside person to do this assessment is useful. Either a paid consultant or perhaps a volunteer from another nonprofit (one with a dynamic, effective Board) can help objectively assess your Board's performance.
- Have the Board do a self-assessment of their performance as a whole and as individuals. This assessment should be done on an annual basis.
The Second G-Get Ready
- Once the Board has assessed its makeup and performance, it will need to develop a plan for filling any gaps.
- A Board Development, Board Resource, or Governance Committee must be in place year round to coordinate all the activities involved in Board development. The best Board member you have should chair this committee.
- Educate the entire Board on the role and responsibilities of Board members and the importance of the Board recruitment process. It is in the recruitment process that good Boards are created, or that terrible ones result!
The Third G-Grow
- Once a Board profile has been completed, a list of potential Board members who fill the needs required by the Board must be developed. It is critical that every Board member understand that Board recruitment is never done by only one person on the Board, and that all names must be submitted for approval to the full Board before they are invited to join the Board.
- It is also essential that Board positions description outlining roles and responsibilities of individual board members be reviewed with each candidate before they are invited to serve on the Board.
- Provide an exciting, compelling Board Orientation for new board members as well as an ongoing education program for all Board members.
If you need help with your Board Development needs, contact the experts at CAPITAL VENTURE to help you through the 3 G Process.
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