A well-functioning Board of Directors is essential for nonprofit organizations not only to meet legal requirements, but also to successfully achieve their goals. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and that leadership continuity and effectiveness is secured through a well-planned Board recruitment process that results in attracting highly skilled, committed, and participative board members. A decision to join a board is an important one. You want candidates to be well informed about the organization and to have given their commitment considerable thought before they agree to serve. The existing board needs to be clear about what is expected of new members, including what characteristics are needed on the board and the nature of the commitment.
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