Nonprofit Board Members are responsible for the assets of the organization and provide oversight, insight and foresight. They are often compared to being up in the crow’s nest, scanning the horizon for storm clouds or rainbows. They are not in charge all day-to-day operations, but they need to be able to look at the bigger picture.

Whether your nonprofit organization is established or a start-up there are plenty of sources to help find good board members. One of the most effective ways to find board members is to tap into existing volunteers. Examine your current events, committees and young adult leadership groups for any individuals who stand out as having potential to be outstanding leaders. You can also make use of your social media and newsletters to advertise your board opportunities to your local community.

Another option is to look on job boards for mission-driven organizations, such as Impact Opportunity and Idealist. Also, search within your professional field to find people who are involved with nonprofits through their industry associations or companies that give to them. Contact those who appear to be an ideal candidate and ask if they’re interested in joining your board.

Remember that new board members as well as any other staff member, must receive a thorough orientation to ensure that they are aware of their duties. This includes a list of clear expectations regarding meeting attendance as well as schedules, fundraising and the responsibilities for which members are selected (e.g. budget management), as well as other policies regarding governance.