Boards are powerful in a non-profit organization, but they need the most qualified people to make them efficient. Board members must be passionate about the cause they represent, have the time and energy available to carry out their duties and possess skills that advance the goals of your organization. The most effective way to attract the right people is by having an inclusive board that includes members from a variety of backgrounds. This will enable you to gain a variety of perspectives that are crucial to making good business decisions.

Many organizations have their own nomination procedures. They may be specified in your bylaws or they could require the creation of an advisory committee. A nominating panel could include the current board members or a neutral third party hired to conduct assessments. The nominating committee should meet to review the bylaws and the list of members, as well as the description of each office’s tasks and the eligibility requirements for candidates.

The nominating committee then select individuals to present to the full board. Based on your membership the process could be conducted through ballots or a voice vote. The nominating committee can use an election platform that is managed, such as myDirectVote or DirectVoteLive to speed up the process and ensure transparency throughout the voting process.

After the nominees have been put forward for election, the member organization will employ a method for voting such as plurality or preferential nominations (depending on your bylaws). Preferential nominations give voters the opportunity to state their preferences in more detail than a simple majority vote. This will give you a more accurate idea of how the members of your organization are feeling about each candidate.

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