One Way to Build a Better Board


By / Mar 6, 2018 (tadamichi/iStock/Getty Images Plus) 

Changing the way you think about board member recruitment in one simple way may lead to creating a better board. Also: growth strategy tips for major donor relationship-building and more.

The right board can help ensure your organization’s future success. How can your board member search committee ensure it builds a dynamic one?

Jay Love, chief relationship officer at Bloomerang, recently learned a “simple and yet so elegant” secret from Kent Stroman, the author of The Intentional Board. “Recruit only board members who could serve as board chairs,” writes Love in a recent Bloomerang blog post.

Sounds easy, right? But effective board chairs share a lot of key traits that can be hard to find, including generosity, natural leadership ability, passion for your group’s mission, and expertise in nonprofit governance.

“Most individuals with all or most of these qualities are in high demand and can be very selective in where they serve by their very nature,” says Love. “This means a much wider recruiting effort complete with more in-depth research is required to even find a few of these somewhat rare individuals.”

From Associations Now, a publication of the American Society of Association Executives.

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