Author’s Note: This post is the last part in an eight-part series on the strategic framework of the nonprofit organization — United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Click here to read the full series.
Countless books have been published about nonprofit governance and the role of the board. When creating or growing a board, most organizations use a demographic filter to ensure the right representation of industries, genders, races, etc. This is critical, and attention should be paid to it. But beyond that, what criteria do you have for people who join your board?
At United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we landed on three main attributes (as illustrated in the graphic above) beyond the traditional demographic considerations that we use to select board members: passion, expertise, and resources.