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How to Get the Board You Need

Finding the right skill set for a board of directors is difficult. Yet, orchestras can rely on their boards for a variety of aspects, from fundraising to strategic planning and organizational direction. This guidebook was originally commissioned by one of OC’s predecessors, Orchestras Ontario in 1996, and revised in 2007. While much has changed in the intervening years, many of the challenges of building and sustaining an effective board remain.

This book focuses on the management of the nominating process: the composition, procedures and tasks of a nominating committee, the identification of new prospective board members, and their recruitment, orientation, development, recognition, and evaluation. In addition, it reviews the obligations of board members, the issue of board size, the role of honorary and advisory boards, and the desire for cultural diversity in board selection.