Episode 18

Published on:

26th Jan 2022

How to Create, Maintain, and Improve Your Board

Your Board members are the guardians who guide your nonprofit through sound governance. How do you identify and recruit the best Board member candidates possible for your organization? Once you find them, how do you keep them? How do you train them? What skill sets will you be looking for in a prospective Board member? It is a lot of hard work to create a Board, maintain it and improve it, but that is what we’re going to be speaking about today.

In this episode, we speak with Board expert Dave Shellenbarger. Dave has served on an amazing list of Boards and learned from a wide range of nonprofit professionals about the many opportunities that can be created through professional nonprofit leadership. His focus is on Board development and improvement, brand development, and stakeholder messaging for new and emerging nonprofits.

In this episode you'll discover:

If I'm a nonprofit looking to start a Board, where do I go? 01:44

How do I recruit a Board? 03:00

What type of info should you have when approaching someone to join your Board? 03:49

What are some skill sets to look for in a good Board member? 04:56

Should a board member make a financial contribution to be on the Board? 06:44

Is there a set number of Board members you should have? 07:42

What are some things you can do to maintain your Board? 09:02

Who assesses a Board and what does the process look like? 11:07

What makes working on a Nonprofit Board special? 13:12

Steps to improve your Board 15:45

How often should I review a Board members performance? 18:30

This episode's Coaches Corner covers the topic "What is a Logic Model and Why do I Need One?" with Sheryl Soukup, Impact Coach and President of Soukup Strategic Solutions

This podcast comes to you from IMPACTability® powered by Soukup Strategic Solutions.

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About the Podcast

IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
The show explores the landscape of the nonprofit organization and best practices from nonprofit experts. Get advice on how to solve the problems plaguing your nonprofit with your host Joe Turner of Soukup Strategic Solutions, a full-service nonprofit consulting company helping nonprofits across the country. Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.

About your host

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Joe Turner

For more than 20 years, Joe had successfully programmed radio stations in Detroit; Lansing, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and southwest Florida. Joe left the day-to-day radio world in 2007 for the nonprofit world when he joined Hodges University as its Director of Public Relations and Alumni Services. In 2021, he joined Soukup Strategic Solutions as the Director of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications. Joe continues to run his own voice over company where he offers commercial and narration voice over services and has won three Telly awards for his work. He is a native of Detroit where he attended Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. In his spare time Joe loves to cook, is a musician and a self-professed “foodie.”