Nonprofits Go All Out to Find and Recruit Stronger Board Members

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Some local United Ways have programs that help connect charities with potential trustees, such as BoardServeNYC, which runs matchmaking events. It also offers training so that people who are new to board service be more likely to succeed.

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Some local United Ways have programs that help connect charities with potential trustees, such as BoardServeNYC, which runs matchmaking events. It also offers training so that people who are new to board service be more likely to succeed.

When three nonprofit groups merged last year to form the University of Arizona Health Network, problems quickly emerged with its new board of directors.

The parent organizations had appointed equal numbers of trustees to protect their interests, but that approach backfired. The 27-member board was big and hard to manage, and the trustees failed to come together as a board, leading to heated disagreements. They were, as one board member put it, “dysfunctional from the