Trustees of Color, Inc. (TOC), seeks to expand the current pool of people of color to serve on boards of directors through recruitment, leadership training, and ongoing support provided for boards and candidates. The need for these services is well-documented. Trustees of Color is a unique resource - one that's designed to share opportunities, build relationships, and ultimately strengthen boards by connecting experienced and talented people of color with organizations seeking new and thoughtful leadership. TOC matches trustees with many different kinds of agencies. These agencies cover a broad spectrum of community service, ranging from the environment, education and the arts to children's and women's services, and include organizations such as the Food Bank of Delaware, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and Delaware Nature Society. Any organization that is interested in enhancing diversity on its board is welcome to join TOC and use our matching and education network to find new, interested, professional and diverse board members.
As a member of TOC, organizations receive assistance with the recruitment of diverse board and committee members. The organization will be able to communicate directly with the potential board or committee members. Members can participate in TOC diversity events. TOC also provides members with a self-assessment tool for inclusiveness and support for training if desired. Members are viewed as organizations that value diversity and may be eligible for community recognition as a diversity leader.
TOC uses an online matching system that was developed specifically for our members. Organizations post their openings and trustee members can view them and choose those that interest them. The organization and trustee communicate directly. TOC does not assign trustees to an organization. We will, however, provide follow-up to all matches and if necessary, provide support to either the trustee or organization to ensure that the matches are a success.
TOC will make every effort to ensure that both the trustee and the organization are satisfied with the final outcome. Mentors are available to assist and support trustees if they need and want it. TOC hopes that all board members fulfill their initial obligation to a board. If either the trustee or organization is not happy with the relationship, it may be in the best interest of both for the board member to step down and look for a better fit with another organization. However, that decision belongs exclusively to the trustee and the board.