Find Candidates

Once you have identified what you need to round out your board’s overall PoweredByLinkedIncomposition, you can start looking for candidates who meet those criteria.

LinkedIn allows individuals to indicate whether they are interested in serving on a nonprofit board, so you can now find interested individuals who meet your search criteria. In order to access this advanced search option, join LinkedIn’s Board Member Connect.

Below is a list of some professional profiles to help get you started, with links to how you can find individuals who meet these profiles within your own professional network — thanks to our friends at LinkedIn.

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The Board Recruitment Center was developed with generous support from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust.

Financial Experts

 

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Financial Experts

Expertise in reviewing and interpreting financial information and understanding complex financial reports.

Why you need them:

To ensure that your board has enough financial expertise to provide meaningful oversight of the organization’s finances.

To bring a financial lens to strategic planning and decision making.

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Legal Experts

 

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Legal Experts

Expertise in corporate law and legal transactions.

Why you need them:

To ensure the board pay attention to relevant legal issues as a part of strategic planning and decision-making.

To provide guidance about when outside legal counsel might be necessary.

To help access pro-bono legal resources.

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Advocacy Experts

 

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Advocacy Experts

Understanding of how advocacy strategies and campaigns can support a particular issue or cause

Why you need them:

To help your board think through how expanded board participation in advocacy could help support your mission

To help connect your staff with key decision makers

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Marketing Experts

 

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Marketing Experts

Understanding of effective branding and communications

Why you need them:

To help the board think about your organization’s brand and identity as a part of its overall strategy

To help think through strategies to improve outreach, increase access and leverage resources

To help access pro-bono marketing resources

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HR Experts

 

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HR Experts

An understanding of talent and change management, as well as HR best practices, which can be applied to how the board manages itself and the CEO

Why you need them:

To help the board apply HR best practices in its management of the CEO

To bring a human resources lens to strategic planning and decision-making, including talent and change management

To help the board manage itself and its own talent

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Technology Experts

 

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Technology Experts

An understanding of technology as a tool for greater impact

Why you need them:

To help identify how technology could be leveraged to meet programmatic needs as a part of strategic planning and decision making

To help access pro-bono technology resources

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Real Estate Experts

 

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Real Estate Experts

Expertise in commercial real estate

Why you need them:

To provide expert opinion in significant real estate decisions, such as a capital campaign or major leasing decisions

To help connect the organization with strategic opportunities for expansion or low-cost space options

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Targeted Expertise

 

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Targeted Expertise

Expertise relevant to your mission, programs, and strategic direction

Why you need them:

To bring defined expertise and relevance to strategic planning and decision making

To help the organization identify and connect with leaders and stakeholders in targeted areas

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