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Twokin Consulting: Adding new members to your Board of Directors

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

The Board of Directors provide a valuable foundation for ensuring the mission and staff of an organization are achieving its mission. When recruiting a board member, The Milliken Institute highlights that time, talent, treasure, ties, and testimony are the 5 T’s of philanthropy on how a Board member and donor can support a nonprofit. Twokin Consulting suggests the following range of factors to consider when adding a new Board member:

Diverse perspectives: New board members bring fresh ideas, perspectives, and skills to your organization. This can help your organization to be more innovative, better serve its constituents, and achieve its mission more effectively.

Increased capacity: New board members can help your organization to expand its reach, increase its resources, and achieve greater impact. They can also help to provide your organization with new networks, connections, and access to resources.

Governance: New board members can help to provide your organization with a stronger governance structure, by bringing new perspectives to decision making and helping to ensure that your organization is accountable to its stakeholders.

Succession planning: New board members can help to ensure your organization's long-term success by providing a pipeline of new leaders through their connections and network and ensure that your organization is prepared for future Board and leadership transitions.

Compliance with legal requirements: Your bylaws may require your organizations to have a certain number of board members or to have a diversity of board membership.

When adding new Board members, Twokin Consulting recommends that you follow the procedures outlined in your bylaws. Most importantly, be sure to talk to a prospective Board member on expectations for what level of financial and time commitment is required.

Twokin Consulting specializes in helping supporting colleges, universities, and nonprofits organizations in brainstorming strategies and ideas for improving operations.


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