Participant Recruitment Guide

The role of corporate management (usually HR) in helping identify great TLC candidates is critical to the program’s success.  
Ideal candidates:
  • Are ready and able* to serve on a nonprofit board!
  • Work well in groups and have good interpersonal skills
  • Possess leadership skills including vision, strategic thinking and expertise in a field
  • Are interested in broadening personal involvement in the community
  • Are willing and able to dedicate at least two years to nonprofit board service
  • Are willing and able to make an annual donation to the organization
  • Are willing to commit to participating regularly in board meetings 
*Different boards require different resources from their members. One resource is time to participate in board meetings. A participating TLC member can expect to participate in at least 4 and usually more board meetings annually. 
What are some other criteria to consider in identifying a great candidate?
  • Professional experience — Many nonprofits have specific needs for candidates with expertise and experience including, but not limited to: 
  • Business Planning
  • Event Planning
  • Financial Accounting and Planning
  • Fundraising Program Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Facilitation
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Marketing and / or Market Research
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Relations /Communications
  • Real Estate Management/Architecture/Space Planning
  • Strategic Planning
Many boards are not as diverse as they'd like to be with regard to:
  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Age
  • Gender

According to the Council of Nonprofits, “Having a board with diverse perspectives is critically important. Each person will bring his or her own personal and professional contacts and life experiences to their service on a nonprofit board. With a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives a nonprofit is in a stronger position to face opportunities and challenges. When an nonprofit's board reflects the diversity of the community served, the organization will be better able to build bridges to potential donors or policy makers in the community.”