How You Can Engage New Board Members

Book cover - How you can engage new board members

Nonprofits need a constant supply of strong volunteer leaders to guide their organizations toward achieving their mission and vision.

This need not be a struggle.  There is a path that you can follow to have a continuous pipeline of happy, productive board members.  This is true, even if you have difficulty:

  • Identifying prospective board members;
  • Engaging these prospects; or
  • Retaining your board members




How You Can Engage New Board Members will help you understand:

  • the roles and responsibilities of your board;
  • how to assess your current board;
  • the essentials of identifying, cultivating and orienting new board members;
  • the importance of governance;
  • why nominating should be year-round; and
  • evaluating and assessing new board members along the way.


What are the 11 customizable worksheets? 

  1. MJA’s Board Profile Matrix
  2. MJA’s Prospective Board Member Referral Form
  3. MJA’s Criteria for Board Member Consideration Worksheet
  4. MJA’s Materials for Potential Board Members
  5. MJA’s Individual Board Member’s Role & Responsibilities
  6. MJA’s Board Member’s Agreement
  7. MJA’s Prospective Board Member Recruitment Worksheet
  8. MJA’s Sample Agenda for an Orientation Meeting
  9. MJA’s New Board Member Information Form
  10. MJA’s Checklist of Goals for New Board Member During First Year
  11. MJA’s Individual Board Member Self-Evaluation


Why do you want the 11 customizable worksheets version? You can make each of the documents agency-specific.

Example 1: In the Board Matrix you can change the fields to allow for your need for 2 development professionals on your board (just a suggestion) or consider diversity before any other criteria.

Example 2: Have a sample Board Orientation Agenda that accurately lists the time and date of the meeting to include a time slot for the presentation from a beneficiary of the amazing work you do or to include extra time for the fundraising and development committee.

Example 3: When considering the Checklist of Goals for New Board Member During First Year, you can add a section on committees to stress the importance of joining one or more during the first year.

And, of course, you can take the Mersky, Jaffe & Associates logo off.  Although we do ask that you refrain from forwarding your copy along to others – especially without our logo and copyright.  Please encourage them to purchase their own copy since it is so reasonably priced.

 Downloadable Book Plus 11 Customized Worksheets:  $34.95

Option 1 - 11 worksheets


Paperback Book:  $19.95

Option 2 - purchase book on Amazon