Board Prospecting

Help Stewardship Partners look through the Organization's data to assess their current audiences to determine a shortlist of potential board members.
Stewardship Partners
Seattle, WA, USA
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Seattle, WA, USA


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Posted February 23rd

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What We Need
  • Assessment of current donors, volunteers, beneficiaries and other constituents to pinpoint people who are interested in serving your Organization
  • Informal staff and board interviews to survey potential connections and/or leads
  • A document of up to ten pages that lists potential board members based upon your Organization's data and current audiences
  • Note: The Professional will not be communicating with prospective board members.
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a board matrix and prospect list, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have Salesforce database, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $5,198 , allowing us to spend more dollars on the ground to plant trees, build rain gardens and conserve the environment.

Stewardship Partners is committed to diversifying the board to better represent the communities that we serve.

Project Plan

Prep: Introduction & Kick-Off
  • Volunteer Manager provides relevant materials on Organizational history, mission and board recruitment priorities
  • Volunteer Manager shares donors, volunteers, beneficiaries, and other audience data with Volunteer including but not limited to communications engagement, volunteering hours, donations, success stories, and network connections
  • Volunteer Manager connects Volunteer to any board members and/or staff members who are involved in board prospecting
Milestone 1: First Round of Research
  • Volunteer conducts first round of research and board and staff interviews (if applicable)
  • Volunteer connects with Volunteer Manager for an overview/progress update based on first round of research to align on documentation structure and preliminary findings
Milestone 2: Final Round of Research & Discoveries
  • Volunteer delivers final list of prospective board members with relevant information compiled during research with key takeaways highlighted in separate document
  • Some examples of what information the document may include, if applicable and available: names, contact information, the reason why they're a prospect, if they have any connections to staff or board members, how likely they are to be interested, and/or an overview of volunteer and giving history
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About The Org

Stewardship Partners
Posted by
David B.

Executive Director

Our Mission


Stewardship Partners creates people-based solutions that engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of the land and water that sustain us.

When everyone understands their role, has access to resources, and has a sense of belonging to community, land and water, then positive change happens. Mixing optimism, realism and action, Stewardship Partners starts with empathy; we listen then co-create solutions with our partners, connecting them with their environment and each other to improve watershed health.

Stewardship Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

What We Do

When Stewardship Partners was founded 20 years ago, Puget Sound was in a steep ecological decline. Industrial pollution, conversion of forest land for development, polluted urban runoff, and ecologically harmful farming practices were quickly degrading salmon habitat and threatening the food supply of our resident orca whales.

Efforts to head off further environmental degradation included new state laws and initiatives and new nonprofit advocacy and cleanup efforts. But one conservation-minded constituency was almost entirely left out of the conversation: landowners--people with a deep connection to the land and a strong motivation to act as responsible stewards of the ecosystem.

Stewardship Partners stepped in to fill that gap. Starting with one face-to-face conversation with a single farmer in the Snoqualmie River Valley, our organization has grown into a national model of engagement with private landowners--from farmers and winegrowers to developers and homeowners.

We have developed practical, affordable tools and techniques--based on the latest ecological science--that empower people to be effective, hands-on caretakers of the land and water. We connect them with funding, business opportunities, green infrastructure incentives, and restoration volunteers led by our full-time crew, and we link them with one another to build a citizen-based conservation movement that achieves sustained, powerful impact on the environment.

That impact is measured in acres of habitat restored and maintained, numbers of native trees and shrubs planted, and gallons of polluted runoff cleaned--as well as numbers of partnerships created and individuals inspired to act.

But the threats have continued to escalate. More than 80,000 people are moving to the Central Puget Sound region each year, increasing the strain on our ecosystem. Wildlife habitat is still under siege, as are natural shorelines that control erosion and native plants that absorb air and water pollution. Every day, we see evidence that our orcas, salmon, and other iconic species are at dire risk of extinction.