Episode 5

Published on:

29th Oct 2021

Building a Strong Board

Having a strong board in place is imperative to the success of any nonprofit. The balance of leadership, community relations, and even their public persona can help motivate people to support your nonprofit with their time, talent, and treasures. But how do you recruit board members, how do you train them, and if there is a problem, how do you move on to a new candidate? Helping us sort out this important topic is JAIMIE ROSS is the President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition. Jaimie’s work includes all forms of legislative and administrative advocacy and education related to the planning and financing of affordable housing. Prior to joining the Florida Housing Coalition as CEO, Jaimie served as the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida for 24 years. She was also a land use and real property lawyer representing for-profit and nonprofit developers and financial institutions with a law firm in Orlando. Speaking of being on boards, she served on the board of the Florida Housing Coalition since the 1990’s.

In this episode you'll discover:

What is the role of a nonprofits Board? 01:35

How can you build and maintain an effective Board? 01:55

Make sure prospective members will make your organization a top priority 03:45

How to find prospective Board members? 04:40

How important is it to make them part of the team? 05:55

What skills do a good Board member need? 07:00

What are the responsibilities of the executive director of a Board? 08:03

What is the difference between sitting on a Board, and serving on a Board? 09:36

Be strict with your Board! 11:15

How does a nonprofit get rid of an unprotective Board Member? 13:45

What's the best way to train new Board members? 15:00

What is it about being on a Board that makes it impactful? 16:00

Coaches Corner Question - I know we need to recruit new Board members, but how do we recruit the right members? 17:45

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About the Podcast

IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each episode, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

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Josh Hirsch, M.S.

Josh Hirsch, M.S., is the Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions and on faculty for The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006, most recently as Social Content Marketing for Susan G. Komen. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research and writing, individual giving, special event planning, stewardship, and cultivation of donors.