Get Rid of Your Nominating Committee

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Many nonprofits struggle with ineffective boards. Why? Most often it is because they do not take the board recruitment process seriously. This is a year round job that has to be done by the best and brightest of your board members. If you want your board to be successful, take board recruitment seriously. Don't just think about the "old 3 G's" Learn Linda's "New Three G's" and you'll be able to transform your board into a powerful force in governance and fundraising. Get rid of your nominating committee and start working on building an effective board for your nonprofit.

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  • Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE President, Linda Lysakowski, LLC
  • Planning Governing Creating vision Working with staff Fundraising Board giving: Is it the three Gs?
  • Give, Get, or Get Off
  • Gather, Get Ready, and Grow
  • Too little, too late! Weak Leadership! Lack of understanding of the governance role!
  • The Governance Committee
  • Meets year round Chaired by the strongest board member Assesses board performance Develops or refines board position descriptions
  • Evaluates needs of the board Finds the right people to fill board vacancies Plans board orientation Responsible for ongoing board education
  • Do We Have the Right Board Members Choosing candidates that will meet our needs Identifying candidates and evaluating commitment Building a sense of ownership
  • Interest Once a prospective candidate has expressed interest in your organization, the first step is research. What do they do for a living? Are they successful? Do they know people? Can they help build your board/organization? Are they willing to give their time and money to your organization?
  • Involvement What do they expect to get out of their involvement? Do they have a good/bad past history with other organizations? Do they want hands on, or is this just a resume booster? Qualifications Are they qualified to join the board? Remember: Board members are the decision makers of the organizationinterview them as if you are paying them a salary!
  • Education Educating a board member on the vision, direction, and ultimate goals of your organization is the single most important mission of your organizations executive staff. This will keep the board on the right track.
  • Evangelism When the board takes ownership of your organization, they, in a sense, become evangelists for your cause.
  • Belief in and support of the mission of the organization is the most critical requirement for serving on the board
  • Overall responsibilities Term of office Attendance requirements Requirement to be informed about organization Participation in meetings Committee requirements Financial commitment Conflict of interest disclosure Fiduciary responsibility
  • Never done by individual board members on their own Names are given to Governance Committee for consideration Executive Director is involved in recruitment
  • The Tin Cup mentality? A necessary evil? We dont need it. Not my job! I dont know how. I dont want to bug my friends!
  • Board Recruitment/Governance Committee Board Orientation/Governance Committee Board Education/Governance Committee The Board Appeal/Development Committee Identifying/The Development Committee Cultivating/The Development Committee Fundraising/The Development Committee Stewarding/The Development Committee
  • But we give our time..
  • Each board member invite three people to have lunch with the CEO Board members host an event Board Thank-a-thon Speaking engagements The elevator speech Birthday/anniversary gifts Opening doors
  • Do we have a large enough board? Do we have the skills we need on the board? Do we have a diverse board? How do we plan to build the board we need to succeed? What one thing will we do tomorrow to get started?
  • www.4Good.org--Board Recruitment Kit Email Linda for Board Evaluation forms
  • 15 percent discount on Lindas books (and other CharityChannel books) Use discount code: linda2014books
  • www.LindaLysakowski.com Follow me: Linda Lysakowski, LLC @LLysakowskiLLC Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE http://www.pinterest.com/lindalysakowski/ Email me: Linda@LindaLysakowski.com