BUILDING A START-UP BOARD FOR THE KENNETH MASON WAUGH NONPROFIT INC.
One of the first things necessary to start a nonprofit organization is to create its board.
Becoming a member of the initial first board has the job of getting the organization off the ground and create a functioning entity. This board requires special people with specific skills. Individuals best suited to accomplish this need to have a strong belief in the organization’s mission. A board member must collaborate well with the founder Paul Edward Gingras. The board member will be available to put the work in and have a real physical presence. The board collectively must possess skills in areas such as law, nonprofit accounting, project management, marketing and communications.
The search for new board members is a strategic activity that has long-term implications for the board’s effectiveness.
Our board will be driven by considerations of what resources K.M.W. Nonprofit will need.
In order to serve the organization well into the future we will have a strategic plan in place.
Annually review the organization’s mission and strategic direction in order to identify the needs of the board. Consider the diversity of intellectual, social, financial, and demographic’s needed on the board.
Develop a profile of characteristics needed on the board. We are looking for members who represent more than one desired characteristic.
Here are some resources we use to achieve this objective:
- Individual Board Member Self-Evaluation Form
- Mini Board Self Assessment Survey
- Board Member Orientation Checklist
- Board Candidate Rating Form
- Board Meeting Evaluation Form
- Sample Board Member Letter of Agreement
- Board Profile Worksheet
Forms made available from:
The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition
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