When a new member joins the current board of directors or when a prospective new member visits the existing members need to make that person comfortable and share the collective wisdom that they have accumulated.
Invite a prospective board member to obese at lest one board meeting before electing him/her to membership. This way, the new member get s a chance to see how the board operates, and the current members have an opportunity to size up the new person. Encourage the prospective member to ask questions.
A packet of background materials about the organization and board procedures helps the new member get up to speed quickly. The following information is useful in orienting new board members:
- Organization’s mission statement
- Description of board member responsibilities and expectations
- Board job descriptions
- Board minutes for the last two or three meetings
- Financial statement
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of other board members
- Organizational Plan
- Description of programs
- Calendar of organization’s events and scheduled board meetings
I suggest that the Board President and/or the Executive Director meet with new board members soon after he/she begins serving on the board to welcome him/her and to answer any questions.
Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Owner of Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in Business Entity Formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Nonprofit Corporations), Completing 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Applications, Grant Research and Writing services, and more.
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* Are You Considering Being on the Nonprofit Board
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* Getting Nonprofit Board Members
* Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
* Getting Commitment from Nonprofit Board Members
* Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership
* Tips for Having an Efficient Nonprofit Board Meeting
* Job Descriptions
It also has a Sample Nonprofit Board Survey Letter and a Sample Nonprofit Board Survey.
“The Nonprofit Board”is a valuable resource for all Nonprofit Organizations who desire to discover information and tools that will help them recruit committed Board members and maintain organization efficiency through the Board.
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