November 2019
August 2022
Bryan Orander, President, Charitable Advisors
Develop your 2023 Board Member Strategy
Recently, I’ve been talking with a number of nonprofit executive directors and CEOs about the importance of recruiting new board members and re-engaging the board as we get closer to a new year. The past 27 months have been tough on everyone, and many boards and board members have gotten off track from their typical board development activities.
Here are some quick topics to discuss during your next executive or governance committee meeting to keep things moving in the right direction or to get things back on track.
Re-engaging board members. Consider scheduling time for the ED/CEO and a board leader (chair/vice-chair) to meet with each board member (or, perhaps, two at a time) between now and the end of the year. Encourage them to talk about their recent involvement and what will get them excited about working with your organization in the year ahead.
Defining new skills, connections, and perspectives your board needs for its next chapter. Consider that the new board members you recruit today could be your board leaders in the next two to four years. Find ways to reach beyond your typical circles in your recruitment efforts. This is a serious undertaking that is worth investing some time and energy. Most organizations will assign leadership to a subgroup of the board, but keep in mind that everyone’s ideas are helpful.
Revisiting meeting routines to ensure that board members feel connected to the mission and to each other, as well as have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions. While Zoom meetings are convenient, my sense is that relationships and connection to the organization can erode over time without some in-person meetings.  

I would love to hear what’s working for you and your board. Contact me to share your thoughts.

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We want to recognize board leaders
For most board members, board leadership roles come with a commitment and investment of time and resources to support a cause they care about. However, for the individual who steps up to serve as board president or chair, the role comes with the assumption of overall responsibility for the nonprofit and guiding the organization’s path forward.  

As we continue to share news of board leaders who have taken the helm, we encourage you to recognize and thank these individuals for tackling the role, because as a community member you recognize the value of his or her investment to help keep the sector strong.  

If you want to announce your organization’s new board leader, please send name, position and a head shot HERE.

We are open to other ways we can support and recognize board leaders. Send us your thoughts or tell us a story about a board leader who has made a difference in your organization. Share your ideas with Bryan Orander, president.
Scott Pegg 
Professor in the Political Science Department, IUPUI

Caryn Glawe
Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Bringing Leaders Together:
A Retreat for Nonprofit Chief Executives

This November 13-15, 2022, BoardSource will be hosting "Bringing Leaders Together: A Retreat for Nonprofit Chief Executives." This will be three impactful days in Hilton Head, South Carolina to connect, energize, and grow with other nonprofit chief executives. This retreat will focus on the power of a strong Board-CEO partnership and how to strengthen the partnership between you and your board. Throughout the retreat, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, address challenges with your board, and engage with others. 

Space is limited. Registration includes the 3-day training, hotel accommodations at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, and all meals. For more information
Looking for a new ED/CEO leadership role?                      

Charitable Advisors has supported 100 nonprofit leadership searches since early 2019.
With more transitions on the horizon, we are building a leadership talent database of experienced nonprofit leaders to make the process more efficient and effective for both candidates and employers.
If you are thinking about or planning to change roles in the next year or sooner, please consider submitting your resume and answering a few questions, in confidence.

Submit your resume to Bryan Orander
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