The board ensures the characteristics, qualifications, and experiences of board members effectively meet the organization’s needs and are representative of the communities served.

When the board is thoughtful about composition and development, the board can better provide organizational oversight needed to achieve the nonprofit’s mission and steward valuable resources. Strong board composition makes certain the ideal people are in place with the skills and experiences needed to respond to new opportunities and challenges. Intentional board development can create space for community members served by the organization to bring their unique insights and experiences to the board.

Before you start this chapter, watch this short video and hear from Allison Mountjoy, Board Member at Mujer Al Volante and Look, Listen, and Learn, about her approach to board composition and development. 

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