1. Niagara Connects 2016-2018 Strategic Plan

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    Column: Mary Wiley, Special to Postmedia Network – – – “Leverage data and knowledge as resources for predictive intelligence” is the No. 1 overall opportunity for action cited in the Living in Niagara-2014 report. The report, built by diverse Niagara-wide partners, is a triennial snapshot in time of quality of...

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The Gold Standard: Recruiting and Retaining Board Membersc57329

The strength of a volunteer board is often reflective of the overall strength of the not-for-profit or charitable organization it is leading. So why is it sometimes, organizations wait until the month before their Annual General Meeting to scramble to recruit new board members? Investing in a year round process to ensure the volunteer talent and competencies match the needs of your organization today and tomorrow, will ensure the achievement of your strategic direction. To build excellency within Canada’s charities and non profits, Imagine Canada has identified 73 Standards across 5 key focus areas, one of which is board governance, With this in mind, I reflected on my own experience with the YMCA of Niagara and being on other boards. Based on that, I pulled together the following tips, which I believe are “tried and true” for building a strong board. Invest This is a 12-month process – Be on “Board Candidate Watch” all the time. Recruit Gain Board consensus and clarity around what key talents and competencies are needed for new Board members, based on current board gaps, which will also fulfill future organizational needs. Use these as the filter in the selection – it helps depersonalize the process and ensures the right mix of skills for the organization Provide communication and transparency about how individuals can apply to a position. Research the identified candidates to develop a full profile. Identify a confidential Board or Board Committee to drive the assessment of potential candidates filtered by the competencies, and talents needed, and select the best candidates. I have used the process of “vote with 3 dots for 3 vacancies from a slate of 10 candidates” to also help to provide an objective picture of the selection team’s preference. Clarify expectations with candidates by sharing written board role/ job description, and board policy that... read more→


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