1. Choose people with a diversity of expertise. It is imperative to consider potential board members who can build your organization. To have a variety of perspectives as well as circles of influence can help provide the long term stability a nonprofit organization needs for impact. Make sure you select members who bring to the table financial, legal, community, marketing, business, and nonprofit expertise, says Booker-Drew, who is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate atAntioch Universitystudying leadership and change with a focus on nonprofit organizations. Make sure that you have members who represent diversity not only in occupations, but also in age, gender, and ethnicity, but your board should also reflect the make-up of your community.