Case Study: Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Board of Directors Search

The Boys & Girls Clubs® of Capistrano Valley provides more than 2300 children per year with a place where they can learn, grow and have fun. With more than 35 club professionals and 250 volunteers, the organization provides a safe space for children from a wide variety of backgrounds.

A board search spanning three distinct groups

The Boys & Girls Clubs® of Capistrano Valley needed to recruit enough board members to fill their distinct and vital board groups but were limited on the time and resources available. At their ideal capacity, their three groups would contain more than 50 members to optimize impact:

  • 32-35 members on the Board of Directors
  • 15 members on the non-voting Advisory Board
  • 8 members on the non-voting Board of Regents

The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley board of directors search is steady growth and filling open spaces across their three boards.

When the pandemic postponed fundraisers and other gatherings from which potential Board members sometimes emerge, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley looked for a new way to meet potential board members. They tapped Board Member Connect to help them fill open positions through a strategic board search.

How to find board members who are the perfect match

Board Member Connect uses a proprietary search process to identify, interview and match candidates to each non-profit organization it serves.

The interview

The team began its search with extensive interviews to get a more complete picture of the organization’s requirements, goals and overall vision for their boards. By understanding the characteristics that would yield a successful match, Board Member Connect built a strategy for finding high-level executives passionate about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley’s mission with the skills needed to fulfill the role.

The opening conversations

Using the information acquired during the interview process, Board Member Connect sorted through its extensive network of high-level candidates to begin a thorough discussion and screening process.

Board Member Connect presented each prospective candidate with information about board member responsibilities, the organization’s mission and community impact. Additionally, Board Member Connect detailed how senior-level, experienced executives’ diverse voices could propel the organization forward. Only candidates who aligned entirely with the ideal board member profile were presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.

The introduction

Board Member Connect introduced fully vetted candidates to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley via emails which included resumes and credentials of potential board candidates. After a few short meetings to discuss the position and logistics, both parties were able to make final decisions.

By minimizing the organization’s time needed for this process, staff were able to meet with ideal candidates while continuing to work on other mission-critical tasks.

Seeing the results in action

In just 18 months, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley added five new board members through its partnership with Board Member Connect. For each candidate, the time from first contact with Board Member Connect to a signed contract with a new board member took approximately three months – allowing staff time to be redirected where it is needed most.

The organization noticed an immediate impact. New board members were engaged and generous with both time and treasure. Additionally, new board members willingly shared the organization with their networks, expanding the Boys & Girls Clubs’ reach.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley was also able to fill their board needs with a diverse group of candidates and enhance representation from surrounding cities, providing a more complete view of the communities they serve.

So satisfied with the results, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley have already started making plans to expand their Advisory Board and Board of Regents and fill open slots on their Board of Directors. Based on their experience, they plan to once again tap Board Member Connect for this strategic partnership in their board search.

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