Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

May 18, 2010

"According to BoardSource's Nonprofit Governance Index 2007, the average board size is 16 (for choruses, the average board size is 12). With 39 percent of board members between the ages of 30-49 and only 2 percent under age 30, that leave nearly 60 percent 50 years or older.

"Now that nearly 77 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are nearing retirement age, we are entering a period of transition and opportunity both for Baby Boomers and the 100-plus million Generation Xers and Yers (borh in 1965 or after) that follow. Leaders in the nonprofit sector recognize the significance of this transition, but are challenged in addressing the impact and opportunities at the board level.

"More and more, organizations are realizing that to be successful and recruit and retain the best leaders, they must value the unique talents and voices of their young professionals. The same is true of boards."

"Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders" explores the advantages of having young professionals around the table; looks at how young professionals can benefit from serving; and offers resources about the next generation of leaders. This article, written by David Styers, was published by Chorus America in The Voice.

Tags: young professionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y

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DIVERSITY: Board Leadership
DIVERSITY: Administration