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

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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.