Orienting New Members

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New Board Member Orientation Process

This article presents 17 best practices for bringing on new board members, divided into three major categories: before submitting the person’s name for election; initial orientation after the election; and in the first year after initial orientation.

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Board Orientation

This article explains why a board member orientation is needed and gives tips on how to do it.

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Orienting New Board Members

The article gives short tips about how to do a board orientation, what to include in a board manual, and how to write a board member agreement.

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Copyright 2015 © Mission Capital. The orientation process is key to bringing new board members up to speed and helps them quickly become engaged in your board. Mission Capital, an Austin, TX-based organization provides resources to help you orient new board members.
 

Editable Board Member Commitment Form

This is a suggested form to ask all board members to sign. The purpose is to make explicit what is expected of each board member as they fulfill their responsibilities to the agency. This form is provided in Word format so it can easily be customized to your agency.

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Accelerating Board Members to Full Engagement

This article has 15 brief but insightful suggestions describing how to orient new board members into your nonprofit agency.

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Personal Contributions and Prospective Board Members

Every prospective new board member should be informed about your board’s requirements for making a personal contribution to the nonprofit. This article discusses the following, among others: why board members should give, board giving policies, and how to approach this with your board.

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