New LinkedIn Tool Helps Nonprofits Find Board Members

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A new tool seeking to help non-profit organizations find board members has just been rolled out by LinkedIn, a social network for professionals. According to Renee Frojo from the San Francisco Business Times, the new tool is called “Bridge Connect,” and it assists nonprofits in looking for the people with the skills they need.

LinkedIn introduces new “Bridge Connect” tool for non-profit organizations. (Image: Christopher S. Penn (CC) via Flickr)

Frojo shares that Meg Garlinghouse, the head of social impact for LinkedIn, has announced that Bridge Connect makes the process of searching for board members “more efficient.” Basically, the tool allows non-profit organizations to seek out professionals that possess specific skills from certain geographic locations.

Notably, the social network has partnered with Taproot Foundation, an organization that helps nonprofits in finding people who are willing to work pro bono. Garlinghouse also mentions that there is clearly a demand for such professionals; the only challenge here is in connecting them with the right people.

Garlinghouse tells Frojo that every year there are 1.6 million non-profit organizations who are hoping to fill almost two million board member posts. On the other hand, about 78% of professionals have said that they would like be part of a non-profit board, but are uncertain of how to begin. This is where LinkedIn comes in, hoping to connect the two together.

Indeed, Bridge Connect offers a new way for upstarts to take part in a non-profit organization of their choice. What’s even greater is that they can do this online, without having to spend too much time and effort in networking offline.

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Author: Neal Alfie Lasta

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