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Recruit, Retain, Results: How to Build a High Performing Board. Deborah Peeples Vice President, Philanthropy The Humane Society of the United States. #. Not-for-Profit Boards are a Quintessential American Invention. __________________________________
Vice President, Philanthropy
The Humane Society of the United States
In the 1600’s Massachusetts Bay Corporation chose 13 men to provide governance to the new colony, chosen for their “wisdom, expertise & honesty”.
In 1636 Harvard was established with a board of 12 overseers.
There are 1,574,674 tax-exempt organizations, including:
including chambers of commerce, fraternal
organizations and civic leagues
It’s probably safe to project that in the U. S. today there are between 13 million – 20 million Americans serving in a nonprofit board leadership capacity.
Non profit governance today was profoundly shaped in 1964 when the American Bar Association ratified the Model Nonstock Corporation Statue to bring the statutory treatment of NPO’s into line with the main body of corporate law…thus permitting the establishment of nonprofit organizations for any legal purpose, rather than restricting them to only charitable, educational or religious uses.
Many are men and women with no previous board experience; who receive uneven orientations and training to prepare them for this position.
As the third sector has trended toward increasingly professionalized organizational management, surprisingly, the capabilities and qualifications of the average board member may not have evolved at the same pace.
Many national organizations have developed sophisticated Board training programs….yet…
What is your organizational culture?
Complete your organizational assessment
Define your organization’s success metrics
Let’s take a moment to brainstorm…
Create an inventory matrix of desired skills that fits your organization.
How thoroughly are your Board prospects cultivated and screened? Who is involved?
“Seeking wealthy, influential, committed and passionate individual to serve as volunteer board member for 6-year stint. Must love (insert mission); be available to meet 4, 6, 8, 12 (chose one) times per year and serve on 1, 2, 3 (chose one) committees; capable of donating a minimum 6 -figure gift and willing to lean-on friends and colleagues for financial support. ‘’
...Or what to do if Bill Gates, George Clooney or Oprah are not available…
Or OK! Where Are You?...
Where Do Board Members Come From…
Work to develop your Farm Team of Board members…
At the HSUS, the National Council…and our many other “interest” Councils (State Councils, Equine Councils, Farm Animal Protection Councils, event committees), provide us with an opportunity to test “compatibility”, work style, cultural fit, dependability, character, etc…
Questions: What’s more important…
Map out a year-round cultivation program for the Board’s Nomination’s Committee…
Institutionalize a full day, onsite orientation...briefing meetings with…
Now the work begins!
as you would for your major donors.
How much attention do you pay to
building “team” among the Board?
Sample Board Commitment Forms
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