Board Member Applications

© Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC.

Adapted from the Field Guide to Developing and Operating Your Nonprofit Board of Directors. Also see Carter's 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

Sample Board Application (in Microsoft Word)

Perspective Board Member Application

Board Member Application

10 Questions to Ask a Prospective Board Member

Writing a Board Application Cover Letter

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