Boards are powerful in a non-profit, but they need the right people to make them efficient. Board members must be passionate about your cause, possess the time and energy available to perform their duties and possess the abilities to further the goals of your organization. The best way to attract these individuals is by having a diverse board with members from a variety of backgrounds. This will enable you to get a diverse perspective that are essential for making sound business decisions.
Many organizations have their own nomination processes. They could be described in your bylaws, or they might require the establishment of a nominating committee. A nominating panel could include current members of your board or a neutral third party hired to conduct assessments. The nominating panel should meet to review the bylaws and the list of members as well as the description of each office’s duties and the eligibility requirements of candidates.
The nominating board will select candidates to be presented for vote by the entire board. This can be done through voice vote or ballot based on your membership. The nominating committee can use an election platform that is managed, like DirectVoteLive or myDirectVote to streamline the voting process and ensure transparency.
The member organization will adopt a voting procedure such as plurality or preference nominations, depending on the bylaws. Preferential nominations allow voters to express their preferences with more detail than simple majority votes. This gives a more precise information about what the members of your organization feel about each candidate.