Whether you are building a nonprofit agency from the ground up, or you are working to make an existing agency stronger, developing a diverse Board of Directors will be essential to the sustainability of your nonprofit.
To develop a diverse Board of Directors, sometimes you have to think outside the box. Consider members in the community who have a wide range of ages, experience, and culture as you think about who to elect to your board. While it may seem useful to only have board members with plenty of experience, adding a young person to your Board of Directors will help bring your message to the younger crowd.
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As you think about potential board members, you have to take a hard look at the demographic you are trying to reach. A diverse Board orf Directors will include people who have a passion for your cause, and who can bring their passion to help move your cause forward. Your board should include both men and women, and people with varying backgrounds socially and economically.
A Board of Directors that is created with people of varying ages won’t run the risk of everyone ending their service to the board at the same time. It’s important to always have new energy on the board, as well as experience voices that can bring their talents to the table. The younger members will learn from the more experienced members, creating a dynamic team to help run your nonprofit.
It is important to be diverse whenever possible. The more people represented on your board, the better it will serve your interests.
About the Author:
Donna Emanuele is the Director of Communications for Election-America. Seasoned in in community engagement and participation, working in the field of elections seemed a natural fit for Donna. Donna can be reached directly at (866) 514-2995 x111 or DEmanuele@Election-America.com.