Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – Nominating committee: The unsung hero of non-profit sustainability – 05/21/12

The unsung hero of nonprofit boards is the nominating committee. I don’t know why, but its work is undervalued by many, many non-profits. The finance committee is a big deal. The fundraising or event committee is a big deal. And then there’s the lowly nominating committee, which is pulled together for a few months with the task of finding new board members – and you better be quick about it!

My guest this week and I have figured out over the years, that the nominating committee IS the one charged with the responsibility of building the organization’s future. The committee members are looking out this year, over three years, over six years and discussing, “Here is where this organization is headed, so here is who must be on our board to secure that future.” The nominating committee cannot be an after thought if you are serious about a sustainable future for your organization.

This week’s guest is Trisha Lester, vice president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, a statewide association serving 501(c)(3) organizations. It provides information about best practices and also advocates for the nonprofit sector at the state legislature. On this show, Trisha provides context and advice for your nominating committee, and draws from the experience of her own committee. This is a perfect show to share with your board president, vice president and of course, your nominating committee.