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Jul 2, 2010

It Takes More Than Just Money: The Role of the Board

My new book, More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success is due to be released in July. The following are highlights from the first few chapters.

In today’s economic and philanthropic environment, the boards of an organization become the greatest strength, or weakness. The following 6 topics are invaluable discussion points in determining the role of your board.

The Board and the Budget

The key is balance. An effective budget process provides to the board only those details relevant to decisions the   board needs to be involved in. Everything else the board should leave to the staff.

Best Practices

Define your job and stick to it- any job worth doing has a description of key duties and expected outcomes. Every meeting should have a purpose. Look forward with discussions, and fundraise with your mission in mind.

The Right Board Members

A nonprofit thrives when it has a board of directors that is committed to its success.

Realistic Goals for the Board

The board must question assumptions, probe feasibility of activities, and identify obstacles and opportunities.

Engaging the Board

Nonprofits thrive when their boards are engaged and actively committed.

Evaluating the Board

As you consider new board candidates, study the culture and tone of your current board. 

There are also helpful warning signs to use to assess if you have the right board members, which are discussed in my upcoming book, More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success. Sign up here to be notified of its release.

Allen Proctor’s More Than Just Money is an incredibly valuable, succinct, and accessible “how to” for nonprofit board executives, philanthropists, development professionals, and community leaders. It illuminates ways to effectively guide the important work of community service through charitable organizations.  His ability to break down myriad complex issues and challenges faced by today’s nonprofits and present sound and practical guidance in a commonsense approach will make More Than Just Money an invaluable resource for years to come.

Abigail S. Wexner, Chair

Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence