Board Member Applications

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    Board Member Applications

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    McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

    Vast majority of content
    in this topic applies to for-profits and nonprofits. This book also covers this topic.

    Developing, Operating and Restoring Your Nonprofit Board - Book Cover

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    Guide to Developing and Operating Your Nonprofit Board of Directors
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    Board Blog (for for-profits and nonprofits).

    Benefits of Using Board Applications

    There are several benefits to having potential Board members complete an application
    to join the Board, including:

    1. It requires the potential member to carefully think about his or her decision
      to join the Board, when completing the application.
    2. It can collects important information that otherwise might be forgotten
      to be collected, for example, why they want to join the Board, other affiliations
      they have that might cause a conflict of interest, what skills they have to
      bring to the Board, and what they would like to get out of joining the Board.
    3. It also makes the potential member affirm their agreement to certain terms
      of membership, for example, the number of Board meetings to attend over a
      certain time period, and adherence to a certain code of conduct.

    Below are a variety of samples of Board applications. Any Board should customize
    a sample to suit the nature of needs of their own organization.

    Samples of Board Applications

    Board Application (in Microsoft Word)

    Sample Appllication to the Board of Directors

    Sample Appllication to the Board of Directors

    Sample Appllication to the Board of Directors

    Questions to Ask a Prospective Board Member

    a Board Application Cover Letter

    Return to Recruiting
    and Orienting New Board Members

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