Recruiting a Stronger Board: A BoardSource Toolkit (PDF)

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Publication Date: 2009

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Table of Contents and Introduction

Level 101

Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of your organization than getting highly qualified, engaged, skilled, enthusiastic people to serve on your board. The job of building a board is about more than just filling slots. It is about being strategic in the way a board looks at its composition related to its responsibilities. Where do you start?

Updated in 2015, BoardSource's downloadable toolkit, Recruiting a Stronger Board, will help your board sharpen its focus in key areas of recruitment, including

  • setting the framework for the recruitment process
  • identifying and cultivating potential candidates
  • ensuring a diverse and inclusive board
  • nominations and elections

The 38 tools in this toolkit address the size of the board, using technology to find potential board members, what materials to share with potential board members, and many more issues about board recruitment. The toolkit also provides samples of a board matrix worksheet, board candidate rating form, and board member letter of agreement.