20 questions directors should ask about board recruitment, development and assessment

Not-for-profit (NFP) boards are made up of volunteers who are often not paid. But NFP governance takes time, commitment, creativity and experience. What is the best way to attract and develop a high-performing not-for-profit board of directors?

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NFP boards approve funding, strategies, programs, activities and spending. They recruit the CEO and decide what to pay, ensure succession for senior management and oversee risk and reporting. But to do this effectively, boards need to have the right make up. Do your directors collectively have the knowledge, skills and experience your NFP needs?

Learn to recruit and assess your board

In 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-profit Organizations Should Ask about Board Recruitment, Development and Assessment, law professor Richard Leblanc and consultant Hugh Lindsay explore the challenges faced by NFPs in recruiting the right people to their boards. Learn about the importance of ongoing director education and the need for regularly assessing your board and its directors.

Topics include:

  • What will your board look like? How big will it be and who will be on it?
  • What are some of the responsibilities your board will oversee?
  • What should you include in your director position descriptions? What skills do you want in a director?
  • Where will you look for potential candidates? How should you approach them once you find them?
  • When should your NFP assess its board? How should you do it?
  • What should you do with the results of your assessment? What do you do with underperforming directors?
  • Can you remove an underperforming director?

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