LinkedIn Board Connect: A Guide for Non-profits to Leverage This Valuable New Resource
LinkedIn Board Connect has taken online board matching to a new level for non-profit organizations. As I noted in my September 21 post here, this innovative approach is an advance in bringing non-profits and potential candidates together; the most important improvement is the opportunity for people to learn about each other through mutual acquaintances and references that are indicated on LinkedIn.
In my last post, I provided suggestions to board candidates for finding the best board match. Here are recommendations for non-profits in finding board members that best meet the organization's purposes.
Choosing candidates for the board
- Prior to even listing the organization's interests in candidates, it's essential for the board to have a serious discussion about the future of the organization: the organization's greater potential and the revenue model to achieve success. With this in mind, the board can determine the particular skills, expertise, experience, diversity of perspectives, and networks and relationships that the board needs in order to achieve strategic and financial success.
Korngold has been consulting to global corporations on CSR, and training and placing business executives on nonprofit boards for 20 years. She also consults to nonprofit/NGO boards. She consults in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Her firm provides distance learning as well as interactive, on-site board governance training for corporations and nonprofits.
Korngold is the author of "Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses" (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, 2005). The Carnegie Corporation and Mott foundations funded her work consulting to cities nationwide to help them establish board-matching and leadership programs. She has lectured at Harvard Business School, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Columbia Graduate School of Business, and the Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU. She has a B.A. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.