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Recruiting New Board Directors: What Not-for-Profits Need to Know

August 29, 2019

Your mission is important; the nature of a not-for-profit organization is helping a worthy cause. You likely got started because you had a passion for something that lit a fire in your life. Everything you do, you do for a purpose. But your least favourite part about the job is probably when someone leaves.

One of the hardest positions to fill is a spot on the board of directors. Many not-for-profits have a board of directors that serves as an agent and overseer for the organization. The board is crucial for maintaining long-term sustainability and vision fulfilment. Over time, however, the board will experience turnover as long-serving directors complete their terms, retire, or relocate. Finding replacement directors is a task that all board-based not-for-profits must face sooner or later. But how do you even begin your search?

It’s not always an easy job finding someone to fill such an important position. If the departing board member has been around a long time, it may also be difficult to understand what they did that made them such a great fit on the board. You may also be creating a new position to fill a gap in the team, which will require an even deeper search through potential candidates. Whoever you pick can directly affect the direction of the organization, which makes these hiring decisions even more difficult.

So how do you find the right person? Download our FREE Board Member Recruitment Guide for some of the steps you should consider in your hiring process.

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