What is Latino Online Board Opportunities (LOBO), and why is it important now?
LOBO is a component of the Leadership for Resilience and Recovery Initiative (LRRI), programs developed specifically to support nonprofit organizations navigating the unprecedented strategic and financial challenges introduced by the Covid-19 epidemic. LOBO is a free online service offered by Latinos LEAD to help nonprofit organizations recruit highly skilled Latino professionals for governing board positions. Other LRRI services will be announced soon.
Does it really matter if we have Latinos on our nonprofit board?
There is consistent empirical evidence to support the case for board ethnic diversity as a crucial factor in whether organization leaders successfully overcome external challenges. In 2015 McKinsey & Company found that corporate boards with greater ethnic and racial diversity led their firms more effectively through the Great Recession (https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/why-diversity-matters). Their key finding was remarkable: “Companies in the top quartile of racial/ethnic diversity were 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their national industry median.”
Our board and senior staff are overwhelmed with Covid-19 related issues. Is now the time to recruit new board members?
There is never an ideal time for governing board member recruiting, and can be a sensitive process under the best of conditions. The stakes are high when considering potential governing board candidates who aren’t referred to you by current board members and contacts. The Covid-19 pandemic, its economic impact, and recent social unrest are issues that have particular impact on Latino communities and the nonprofit organizations they look to for support.
Our board prefers candidates with experience in nonprofit senior management and board service. Is it advisable to elect a governing board member that has not previously served on a nonprofit board?
While electing a first-time board member may appear to be a leap of faith, it shows that your organization is looking beyond the familiar to bring fresh and different types of thinking to the table. Latinos have not been traditionally included in the governing board candidate pool, and this contributes to their lack of experience in these roles. It is tempting to recruit “safe” candidates from among the few prominent Latinos currently serving on several other boards. This “recycle rut” contributes to overburdened board members, and restricts the flow of new talent who will bring focus and commitment to your board.
Our nonprofit organization prefers to conduct a discreet search for governing board members. Can we use LOBO without being publicly identified during the search?
Yes. Nonprofit organizations can select to publish a general organization profile when posting governing board opportunities. Latinos LEAD will prepare a profile based on information in the nonprofit organization’s account, or a profile can be provided in narrative form by the nonprofit organization. Please select the type of profile you prefer when completing the Organization Profile.
LOBO is a great idea, but can Latinos LEAD help our nonprofit organization a more thorough, “hands-on” search for governing board candidates?
Yes. Pathways to LEAD is a fee-based service that deploys state-of-the-art executive recruiting techniques to find outstanding Latino professionals that want to serve as nonprofit governing board members. Candidates apply directly, are nominated by third-parties, or are identified through vigorous direct referral source outreach. Latinos LEAD taps into its robust database of candidate profiles to begin the search and follows up referral source leads to find strong candidates for your board. In collaboration with your nomination or executive committee, Latinos LEAD screens and interviews promising candidates, facilitates the nominating process, and can even help with background investigations. Fees are variable based on your organization’s financial scale, operating scope, and the number of board member seats to be filled.
What qualifications do most nonprofit organizations seek in governing board member candidates?
The most important candidate qualification is a commitment to the nonprofit organization’s mission. This is often, but not always, demonstrated by a history of professional work, charitable giving, or volunteer activity that is aligned with the mission. Most nonprofit organizations want board members who can devote adequate time to their board responsibilities (including committee assignments), are willing to represent the organization in public and professional settings, and who bring professional and social networks. Board nomination committees often emphasize various professional expertise in fields such as legal, finance/accounting, public relations, human resources, etc. LOBO board opportunity postings include specific candidate qualifications sought by the nonprofit organization.
How much does it cost to use LOBO?
Nothing—it’s free. Latinos LEAD is proud to offer this service to the nonprofit sector with support from several foundations. Their vision and faith in our mission is particularly notable in light of the immediate public health crisis.
Who is eligible for access to LOBO?
All you need is a LOBO account!
For Nonprofit Organizations: At this time, eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations based in California, or chapters/affiliates of national nonprofit organizations based in California. Create a new LOBO account here, or go to www.latinosleadnow.org and click on the Latino Online Board Opportunities link. Once you’ve set up an account, you can post governing board opportunities.
For individuals interested in nonprofit governing board opportunities: Once you’ve set up your account, go the postings and start searching!
If you have already an account and are having trouble logging in/gaining access to your account, email email@example.com
How does my Nonprofit Organization post a Board Opportunity?
The first step is to create an account. When that is completed, you’ll see a prompt asking if you want to post a board opportunity. Click on that prompt and follow the directions from there.
Can Nonprofit Organizations browse through Individual Profiles for potential governing board candidates?
No. We protect the privacy of the Latino professionals who want to serve as nonprofit governing board members. Latinos LEAD conducts a preliminary review of the qualifications of the candidates who express interest in a posted board opportunity, then sends the nonprofit organization a summarized slate of applicants.
How does My Nonprofit Organization meet prospective candidates?
Once you decide which applicants you would like to meet, Latinos LEAD will notify the applicants and provide them with your contact information. Where requested, Latinos LEAD can facilitate an online or telephone interview with applicants.
How do I update my Nonprofit Organization or Individual Profile?
Click on the “My Account” tab. You’ll then see a tab labeled “Update Profile”. From this link you can update all aspects of your company’s profile from uploading a photo to entering a short company description. Once finished, click “Preview Profile” at the bottom of the screen to preview your page or click “Update Profile” to save changes. This is where you can also add/edit profiles for subsidiaries of your organization.
My nonprofit organization has advisory boards and councils. Can I recruit candidates for those positions on LOBO?
Absolutely! Please indicate the nature of the position in the title of the posted opportunity. We’ll post the opportunity using the title you provide. If we have any questions, we’ll contact you.
How long do governing board opportunity postings remain on the LOBO page?
LOBO postings last up to 60 days from the date of posting, unless filled or removed by the nonprofit organization seeking governing board candidates.
Help Using LOBO
How can I change information on my Nonprofit Organization or my Individual Professional profile?
Open your account. Click on “Update Profile” and make changes. Click on “Save Changes”
I forgot my password. How can I log on?
If you forgot your password go to any LOBO login screen and click “Forgot Password.” Follow the instructions from there.
How can I get help for other topics?
For assistance with posting governing board opportunities or applying for an opportunity, contact firstname.lastname@example.org For technical assistance and general site feedback, send an e-mail to email@example.com
Please suggest other topics and questions for this section by sending a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “FAQ inquiry” in the subject line.