By Matt Young
“Nonprofits embody the best spirit and values of our nation. They help millions of individuals and families daily. They protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate, and nurture our bodies and spirits. Nonprofits also give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. They turn our beliefs into action – as promoters of democracy, champions of the common good, incubators of innovation, laboratories of leadership, protectors of taxpayers, responders in times of trouble, stimulators of the economy, and weavers of community fabric.” — National Council of Nonprofits
The importance of not-for-profit organizations cannot be understated—they are the life-blood of our community. And the most successful not-for-profit organizations have one thing in common—effective boards of directors. Effective boards ensure that the organization stays focused on its mission, manages its funds effectively, and complies with the ever-changing legal and regulatory environment. Selecting the right people to serve on your organization’s board is critical to its success.
As you move forward in your recruitment efforts, these five priorities can help you build an effective board:
1. Commitment to the Mission.
Boards establish and oversee the mission of their organizations. Boards develop and adopt policies and procedures to help management and staff achieve that mission. Effective board members care deeply about, and “buy in” to, the organization’s mission. If they do not, they will not bring much value.