Author: ASK Inyathelo

Board Orientation and Involvement

Merely providing new board members with a load of documents does not amount to adequate orientation. Have a look at some of these key steps for involving and orientating new board members.

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Board Cultivation

At Inyathelo, we call attention to the need to constantly cultivate relationships with potential donors, investors and supporters as one of the foundations to attracting resources. Relationships take time and effort to develop. Building a successful relationship with potential board members may also take time.

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Identifying potential board members

Once the strengths, gaps and needs of the NPO have been identified, the board will be in a better position to identify the kind of people it would seek to recruit to the board. This process enables the board to focus the search on those people who meet specific needs. 

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Starting the board recruitment process

Recruitment is a two-way process in which it is as important for an existing board and the NPO to make a good impression on a potential board member as it is for the potential board member’s skills and values to suit the organisation’s needs. To start, the board should have a well-prepared strategy.

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Who are we accountable to?

The broader accountability framework of NPOs should also be explained to boards. It has been suggested, in terms of broader accountability framework, that NPOs are at least four ways in which an NPO is accountable.

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