The Center for Nonprofits offers training in board service and board diversity as well as referrals to area nonprofts seeking board members. If you are interested in serving on a nonprofit board of directors, please complete and send the application below to:
United Way's Center for Nonprofits
630 Market Street
For futher information, please contact Sheila Moore at email@example.com or 423.752.0351.
Board Member Profile/Application
Are you a nonprofit organization looking for individuals to serve on your board of directors?
A common mistake of many nonprofit board members is that they tend to only nominate their friends and colleagues to the board. This can lead to a homogenous rather than diverse board that quickly falls into a performance “rut.”
The Center for Nonprofits provides a Board Bank to our region’s nonprofit organizations. The Board Bank recruits, trains, and maintains files on individuals interested in serving on nonprofit boards of directors and makes this information available to agencies searching for new Board members. The service is free to member agencies.
Before requesting a referral from the Board Bank, your nominating committees should spend time carefully analyzing the specific needs of your organization. Be sure to give particular attention to skills, expertise, and diversity (remember diversity can include ethnicity, sex, age, disabilities, etc.) that may be needed to effectively govern your agency.
Once the group has determined the skills and criteria important to your organization, use the board profile grid to identify your board’s current talent.
When you complete the board profile grid, you will be able to readily identify which areas are unrepresented (i.e. need more help and expertise in a certain area). Contact the Center for Nonprofits for referral information on trained individuals with the skills and expertise you are looking for.
The nominating committee should then ask for the board’s help in recruiting qualified individuals in those underrepresented areas. Be sure you follow your organization’s Bylaws in determining how many board slots are available, rotation schedules, etc.