How to Conduct an Organization’s Election of Board Members

Board members are elected by their peers to represent the shareholders’ interests and to make major decisions for the organization. The process for election differs from one organization to another. Some organizations accept nominations from committees while others follow Robert’s Rules of Order to elect board members through a vote of the full board. In either scenario, it’s essential to set clear guidelines and procedures for the process.

The process of recruiting candidates is ongoing to ensure that the board is equipped with the capabilities and expertise required to fulfill the goals and objectives of the organization. The nominating committee will interview each candidate to determine whether the candidate has the right mix of abilities experiences, experience, and viewpoints for a position on the board. In addition, the nominating committee should be aware of if the organization is in need of new knowledge in areas such as financial management; marketing and fundraising strategic planning; diversity and inclusion.

If the committee for nominations has an inventory of candidates who are qualified the committee will present them to the board to here are the findings be approved. The board will review the candidates and approve the slate of candidates to be presented to a vote of the all members. In addition to voting the board will review candidates who weren’t selected to the list and choose individuals to be added to the board as directors-at-large. The entire board will decide on these directors at a later time. In many cases the nominees will not attend the vote so that the board can discuss their qualifications and ask questions in a private setting.

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