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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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Recruiting Board Members

This short article advises you to have “an organized recruitment process in place” for not only filling vacancies on your board of directors, but building a skillful and diverse board.

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Model Job Description for Board Members

This is a model job posting for potential new board members.

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Board Candidate Rating Form

Use this simple 13-item rating scale to get a quick assessment of a potential board member. Or use this as a starting point for a more expanded scale tailored for your nonprofit.

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Evaluating the Fit of a Board Service Opportunity

If you are wondering whether you are a good fit for a particular nonprofit board, this ten-item checklist will help you make that decision.

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Thinking About Joining a Nonprofit Board

This one-page article provides a series of questions about a nonprofit, which you should know the answers to if you are considering board membership.

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10 Basic Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board

This is a one-page list of 10 of the most important responsibilities for a board of directors.

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Basic Responsibilities of All Nonprofit Board Members

This is another list of board responsibilities, but more descriptive of individual members’ responsibilities in addition to responsibilities of the board as a whole.

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Board Responsibilities and Structures – FAQs

Are you still wondering about basic board structures and responsibilities? If you are, check here. For easy reference, the article presents information in the form of frequently asked questions.

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