More Than Passion Needed in Prospective Nonprofit Directors
By: Eugene Fram
What nonprofit selection committee would reject a candidate who demonstrates passion for the organization’s mission? I can attest to the fact that in many recruitment processes, an interviewee who shows strong empathy for the cause is a “shoe-in” for the director position regardless of any obvious weakness in other skill areas. By contrast, one who appears ambivalent about the organization’s mission can be overlooked or even eliminated from the list. (more…)
Lifestyle & Behavioral Information – Some New Ways To Seek High Performance Nonprofit Directors
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Over the last several years, I have conducted nonprofit board recruitment projects. The boards with which I worked had rather similar challenges.
• They had concerns recruiting sufficient numbers of board members to fill their needs.
• Current board members, largely composed of younger people, in the 30-40-age range, had significant problems balancing work and family obligations and attending board and committee meetings.
• Attendance was sporadic. Although the boards were small, directors really did not know each other, and another director sent a subordinate to attend board meetings. In one case, a well-regarded director never attended meeting and only occasionally met with the ED to offer advice. One director, with decades of experience on a board, admitted she did not know other directors. In both instances EDs and board chairs had significant power. One ED complained she was doing the work of operating the organization and operating the board, and She had too much potential liability.
• Although these organizations, with budgets in the $8-$10 million range were operating successfully, the EDs involved realized that they were in line for long-term problems if board recruiting didn’t change. (more…)
Governance arguably suffers most … when boards spend too much time looking in the rear view mirror and not enough scanning the road ahead. *
It has been my experience that nonprofits rarely address the possibilities and perils of “…the road ahead.” …. Here are some “prompts” that might guide nonprofit board members and CEOs as they attempt to provide leadership in this important but often neglected area: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eugene-fram/is-your-nonprofit-forward_b_5101415.html