Brookline, Mass.

Many board members have had experience — on current or past boards — working with staff leadership in securing major gifts, as well as having been a part of executive searches. Nonprofit boards can learn from their own experiences with major gifts and executive search when recruiting new members to the board, and thus be better able to identify people with the skills necessary to assist with those tasks. Here are a few strategies to consider in recruiting volunteers: 1) Focus on top prospects. Much like major-gift work, use research and relationships to identify, cultivate and engage. Be prepared to wait (six to 18

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