Board Recruitment

boardnetUS is a unique website revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other. boardnetUSA can help you find the person your board need and is designed  with the express purpose of connecting nonprofit boards and new leaders.

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VolunteerMatch attracts thousands of interested volunteers every day. In this section, we offer some great resources to get you started and help you make the most of the VolunteerMatch service.

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Knowledge Centers

Blue Avocado is a practical, provocative, and fun blog for information about nonprofits.

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BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

BoardSource provides

  • knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program
  • governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs
  • the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including publications and CDs
  • an annual conference that convenes approximately 900 governance experts, board members, chief executives, and senior staff from around the world to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance.
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For the Public Good describes why the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University was created and how it fulfills the mission of increasing the understanding of philanthropy, improving its practice, and enhancing participation in philanthropy.  For more information visit us here.

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Nonprofit and Philanthropy Good Practice or NPGoodpractice.org is a project of Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. NPGoodpractice.org was created in 2002 with funding from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation as a one-stop shop for widely accepted and innovative nonprofit practices. Nonprofit leaders can access hands-on tips, articles and profiled links and apply them to their organizations.

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The mission of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program is to educate and train business professionals for life-long service in the governance of nonprofit organizations.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review is a website dedicated to inspiring the leaders of social change.  Access it here.

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Useful Additional Resources

Annenberg Alchemy is a free capacity building and leadership development program designed to strengthen the sustainability of Los Angeles County-based nonprofits. The Annenberg Foundation provides this opportunity to over 140 nonprofit organizations a year. To date, over 1,400 nonprofit executive directors, board chairpersons and board members from 600 nonprofit organizations have participated. The programs are built around the belief that staff and board leaders aligned in common purpose can transform nonprofit organizations. Therefore, for all of the Alchemy trainings, the Executive Director and Board Chair must attend all sessions together. Among the central issues addressed are fundraising, board effectiveness, civic engagement and accountability. In addition to a robust curriculum and intensive learning sessions, participants are connected to a network of local practitioners and given implementation tools, mentorship and an ongoing opportunity to share best practices and innovative strategies.

The first step for interested nonprofit organizations is to apply and complete Leadership Seminar, Alchemy’s signature course. The application process opens in September, with sessions beginning in January.  After successfully completing the Leadership Seminar, alumni can apply to a higher level course comprised of four highly participatory sessions offered every other month.  Applications for Alchemy+ are accepted beginning in May, with sessions beginning in September. Successful completion of both programs qualifies an organization to receive a capacity building grant up to $10,000!

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For information on how self-assessment can help your board of directors to grow, visit this page on BoardSource.

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View the IRS Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities here.

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For more information about self evaluation for your board of directors, check out this page on BoardSource.

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For tools and strategies to help keep your board engaged, visit this discussion on GuideStar.

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View the Board Chair Handbook page on BoardSource.

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For a discussion of responsibilities of individual board members.  Visit the page on BoardSource.

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