You Need Board Members, I Know!

Tue, August 26, 2014 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director

First off, if you never put in term limits then you never have a good incentive to go out recruiting. And second, sometimes you need to think OUT of the BOX a little when considering board recruitment. I could talk about doing a skills assessment and how it’s the whole board’s job to recruit but I think today I’ll stick with another little idea. Auxiliary Boards.

Now, auxiliary boards are not advisory boards.  Advisory boards are filled with professionals who advise the management of the organization. Unlike the board of directors, the advisory board does not have the authority to vote on organization business nor do they shoulder fiduciary responsibility. Advisory boards are there to share their knowledge with the leadership of the organization.

An Auxiliary Board is a group of volunteers (usually young adults) who volunteer their efforts to the planning, promotion and execution of fundraising and other events. Many sit on committees as well and use their skill sets to the benefit of the organization.  They are NOT board members per se, but you might as well consider that you are grooming them for the job. 

How do I get one of those, you say? Well, you’re in luck! We just happen to have a great presenter (Yvette Hartfield) explaining the details tomorrow afternoon in a webinar! Yvette will talk about recruitment of the next generation of leadership as well as how to engage and cultivate them into donors and leaders. 

Seriously, someone from your group should join in tomorrow at 1 pm Eastern. Need to register? Go to and register today!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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