Creating An Effective Board
The governance functions of a nonprofit organization lie squarely on the shoulders of its board members. These include everything from policy formulation and strategic planning to fundraising and assessment of the CEO. Despite the critical importance of each, far too many boards are ill-equipped to fulfill their responsibilities. Professionals, therefore, are not the only ones who require onboarding, development, and continual training. It is often difficult for an employee of the agency to provide that guidance, but it is most assuredly a regular component of my work.
As a nonprofit consultant and professor of leadership, who has served as the successful CEO of several not-for-profit groups, I have a unique understanding and perspective of what it takes to create great boards. I am able to offer your board members and committee chairs the kind of training they need to be successful, and I can assist with the recruitment of new board members as needed. I also understand good governance policies and procedures, and how to help boards and their executive staff maximize the partnership between them. All too often in the nonprofit sector the inability to navigate the rough waters that separate board members and CEOs can have damaging long-term effects.