New Voices at the Table: Welcoming the Next Generation of Board Leaders was recently purchased and made available at the Estes Valley Library. Rather than a book, it is a 51 page “toolkit” that informs nonprofit boards about recruiting the next generation of leaders. Potential board members, ages 18 to 40, actually are a key component in solving pressing issues for the nonprofits. Information answers questions related to who the new board members might be, how they will function, where they will be found, how they will affect the board, and what orientation they will need. As your nonprofit board goes through the process of recruiting the next generation of board members, consider using the guidance from this toolkit. The information is divided into three major sections.
Part 1 is “Motivation and Values,” which highlights the challenges of facing the nonprofits and the skills the new board members can bring. The tools in this first section include generational trends and their potential contribution to your organization, the impact of building a generationally reverse board, benefits that the new board members can offer your board, and the leadership of the next generation.
Part 2 focuses on “Recruitment Channels and Challenges” by expanding your recruitment channels in several ways. The tools in this second section include identifying the skills for your board, developing a board matrix and a worksheet, the use of technology, and strategies for engaging new generation leaders.
Finally, Part 3 expresses “Culture and Orientation” through a list of skills for new board members, a guide to mentoring relationships, and case studies for potential pitfalls. The tools in this third portion specify the skills for outreach for younger board members, mentorship, as well as “youth movement” and “out of tune” case studies. The end of the toolkit actually lists several book titles and resources to assist in your future nonprofit advances.
Although this book is brief and focused, it does provide an emphasis on the next generation of nonprofit board leaders that can continue to assist your goals. Head to the Estes Valley Library and you will find the book in the Nonprofit book area listed at Nonfiction 658.4 NEW.
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