Nonprofits: Characteristics to look for in a Director

Beginning or expanding a board should be a careful, well-planned, unrushed process. Weed out those applicants who think they will be doing the organization a big favor or who fail to value staff contributions. Recruitment timelines should allow for identifying, recruiting and training new board members.

Some things to keep in mind:
* Diversity
* At least one director that reflects the population being served
* No civic or business leaders who will be too busy to do the work necessary
* Enough time to attend both board and committee meetings
* A superb candidate will have the potential to attract future board directors of a similar caliber.

Non-Profits are always growing and evolving, so board recruitment should be considered a never ending process. Smart nonprofits keep wish lists of those they covet when openings arise. Some organizations use committees centered around specific projects as a way of bringing in promising young volunteers who can be groomed for board membership. A big plus associated with promoting volunteers is knowing that these individuals know your organization well, are committed to your mission, and have already demonstrated a willingness to put in the time necessary.

Davis & Hodgdon has been assisting nonprofit organizations in the Burlington Vermont Metro area for more than 20 years. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals as they strive for financial sustainability.  Specific nonprofit services include: tax planning and compliance, accounting and auditing, internal controls, board member services, fundraising, grant compliance and much more.

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