How to Develop a Strong Board of Directors

Have you been asked to fill the position of Executive Director or Chair of the Board for a non-profit organization? Congratulations to you on taking the step to strengthen organizations that grow the community and its residents. As Board Chair, you most likely have served on the board for several years and understand the mission, mechanics and financials of the organization. As Board Chair, your mission is not operation of the organization, but you are charged with provided the strategic direction and resources that the organization may meet these goals.

How to Develop a Strong Board of Directors

How do you select or replace board members as existing member’s terms expire. What are the best practices in establishing an effective board of directors? Follow these recommendations from the professional board consultants, and you’ll soon be on your way to growing a solid board.

The first step is understand the three basic roles each board member can serve. Some members will be more comfortable with development, others with community outreach and others will be engaged, on the court, with events. As you begin to identify different community members that can fill these roles, set appointments to meet. The most important thing to wear to these meetings is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select a pair of professional shoes from the huge selection offered by Nine West to compliment your suit or dress. You are representing the organization as you recruit board members.

As you meet with prospects, have in mind which role you feel they would best be suited for. Give them a tour of the facilities and carefully explain the mission and objectives of the organization as well as the impact it has made on the community. Get their feedback and understand the strengths they would bring to the board. Best of luck to you in building a strong and effective board of directors!