Recruiting Board Members Article
I do understand when you are first starting out or when you are trying to breathe new life into a tired board that securing new passionate board members can be daunting and sometimes you can also feel desperate to fill the seats, but board recruitment is a process. It is a partnership between the board member and the organization, each side bringing something to the table. Finding people that truly believe in the mission of what you are trying to accomplish is truly important and pertinent, but these individual also need to be people that want and will invest their time, energy and resources into helping.
Those of us who have worked in nonprofit for many years understand there is a delicate balance of supporters who may have time, but limited resources to others that may have resources, but no time. Sometimes those people can serve in better ways to your organization than on your board.
For our organization, it may seem natural to also reach-out to people that like to bike, but also reach out to those that believe in inspiring children as a whole. At Trips for Kids, we use a bicycle as a tool to inspire youth to learn, to connect with nature, to become more active, to become independent. You may find some potential candidates may not even ride, but they want to positively touch lives of youth which is what all of you do each day.
When I used to identify corporations I wanted to work with on sponsoring a program or event, I would approach that sponsor after some cultivation and then talk to them about potentially identifying a candidate they felt would be a good fit. Sometimes the person I was initially working with did not have the time or desire to actually serve on a board and that was perfectly fine. I did find that my contacts really liked the idea of having a person within their organization serving on the board, but also one that wanted to be there. Many corporations now have an expectation of their employees giving back so they post opportunities internally such as serving on a board, or volunteering for an event and give their employees options they may not even be aware of.
Being a board member is a commitment. Don't be afraid to share your expectations with candidates. Don't be afraid to ask others if they know someone that might be a good fit too. Don't be afraid to think outside the box on finding good candidates.
Here is another link that I found interesting and could commiserate with: https://www.joangarry.com/interview-questions-non-profit-b…/