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(For Organizations) Finding Members For Your Board

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Written by Greg Wilson
Updated over a week ago

You may have noticed this new message on your dashboard. That's because volunteer professionals can now be recruited for your organization's board positions! Keep reading to find out how!

* Please note that this feature is only available if your foundation sponsor has purchased this feature as an add-on to your Catchafire access.


Why Should I Choose a Catchafire Volunteer for My Nonprofit Board?

  • Access to a large pool of professionals qualified for board positions.

  • Familiarity with Volunteers, reducing the effort needed to vet the Volunteer as a good fit (since you’ve already worked together and have a working relationship).

  • Ability to more deeply connect with the Volunteers in your network.


How it Works

Connecting with volunteers you've worked with

Catchafire's Board recruitment tool allows you to connect more deeply with the connections you've already made on the platform. Follow the steps below to connect with Volunteers you've worked with before:

  1. Connect with Volunteers as normal through projects and calls.

    • If a Volunteer you’ve worked with is interested in being recruited, you will have the ability to send an invite to them to discuss a board recruitment.

      Note: You will only be able to connect with Volunteers who have expressed interest in joining boards and you've worked with (at least started a project). The Organization always initiates and makes the initial request.

  2. If the Volunteer is open to being recruited, you will see the option to recruit for board on in-progress or completed project cards:

  3. To send a request, click on the "Recruit for board" button. You can then send a message to the volunteer and invite them to discuss board service.

    • The request will be sent to the Volunteer in the messenger and the volunteer can state whether or not they're interested.

    • We will send an automated message to you letting you know of their decision either way.

    • The messaging portal remains open in either case.

  4. You can continue to discuss the position through the messenger to chat more about their experience, interest, and availability.

  5. 30 days after the initial invite we will follow-up with another message in the messenger asking if you've both connected. You can let us know whether they've joined the board, decided not to join the board, or if they have not yet decided.


Meeting new volunteers interested in joining your board

You can also find new volunteers who are interested in board service by posting a call on the platform.

With your access to the board recruitment feature*, you also can now post an Open Board Position Call that is visible to all volunteers on Catchafire!

Look for the Open Board Position Call on the call menu:

* Reminder that this call is only available if your sponsor has purchased the board recruitment add-on feature for you.


Resources

Looking for more resources and best practices for managing boards and finding board members? You can find these resources and more at BoardSource.

Our recommended resources to get started are:

Or you check out their full list of resources here

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