Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of your organization than getting highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on your board. But many organizations struggle to identify the right leaders.
- More than half — 58 percent — of nonprofit leaders report that it is difficult to recruit new members. (Leading with Intent 2015: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices)
- Only 73 percent of chief executives state that they have the right board members to effectively govern their organizations. (Leading with Intent 2015: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices)
Why is board recruitment so important…and so challenging? Because the job of building a board is about more than just filling slots. It is about finding leaders who have skill sets and perspectives that align with your organization’s strategies, goals, and needs — not just now, but into the future. And it’s not just about recruiting one great individual; it’s about having the right blend of skill sets, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives and spheres of influence across the board as a whole — which takes some discipline and planning to determine.