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YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs


In YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs, Terrie Temkin guides a star-studded cast of collaborators in creating a board volume that delivers the wisdom of the nonprofit world’s leading practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs.

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Terrie Temkin guides a star-studded cast of collaborators in creating a board volume that delivers the wisdom of the nonprofit world’s leading practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs. This easily-digestible book is a must for board directors and anyone who is interested in effective nonprofit leadership. The focused, short essay format makes it easy for the reader to absorb the authors’ thinking on a variety of topics: some traditional—such as board member roles and responsibilities, recruitment, meeting management, and evaluation—and others not so much. For instance, you’ll find articles on coaching for directors, the value of conversation, and several new structures for governance.

YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs is a book of how, not what. Eschewing a single perspective of governance, it is suggestive, not prescriptive. And it invites you to be part of the dialogue. It is the first governance book of its kind to:

  • Reexamine nonprofit governance at its essence
  • Challenge dogma about the board versus chief executive roles
  • Let YOU decide if you still agree with the old thinking on governance
  • Take aim at myths about governance that hold organizations back
  • Provide practical, in-the-trenches advice and tips you can use NOW

Whether you are new to the field or have been immersed in it for years, you will find new ideas to help you navigate today’s fast-paced, information-saturated reality in which wise practice is rapidly evolving.

Terrie Temkin

Terrie Temkin rolled up her sleeves to invite the top-of-their-game practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs who contributed to this acclaimed book.

Terrie Temkin, PhD, is a thought leader in the area of governance. She brings close to forty years of nonprofit sector experience to her work. She was one of the first to talk about strategic thinking as a governance function, the importance of expectations, and techniques for engaging board members outside the boardroom. She is a coauthor of Community-Engagement Governance™, a new framework for governance that is gaining wide acceptance. Her ideas can be found throughout the world in books, journals, blogs, podcasts, and her popular column, “On Nonprofits,” which ran in the Miami Herald and Philanthropy Journal.

Terrie was invited CharityChannel Press publisher Stephen C. Nill to serve as editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit Board, who sought out Terrie because she was one of the few practitioners in the field who is respected by so many of the leading practitioners, researchers, and forward thinkers not just in the United States, but internationally.

Terrie Temkin is one of the handful of practitioners in the field who commands the kind of respect that, when she asks the leaders in our sector to contribute to a book, receives wholehearted and enthusiastic responses.
—Stephen C. Nill, Publisher, CharityChannel Press

A governance consultant since 1994, Terrie is a founding principal of CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc., a firm that builds organizational infrastructure. Her perspective of governance has been influenced by her work in other countries, including Australia, Bahamas, England, Kenya, and Singapore. In addition, she has provided on-site pro bono training to NGO leadership in Colombia, Haiti, and Jamaica as part of an annual “give-back” to which she and her partners are committed.

Terrie is actively involved in several professional associations and serves as editor or a member of the editorial committee of a number of the field’s most respected journals and newsletters. She was coeditor of CharityChannel’s own Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review for three years and a peer reviewer for YOU and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. She teaches a graduate course in nonprofit governance at Florida Atlantic University, where she was recognized as Adjunct Faculty of the Year, 2010.

Tesse AkpekiWorking nationally and internationally, Tesse Akpeki specializes in governance development and leadership matters. A qualified lawyer, coach, and mediator she focuses on governance and leadership development, change management, and relationship sustainability. She served as a board director in the public sector in England. Tesse’s passion is to enable teams to resolve conflict when it arises and to develop and implement practices that enable top quality performance.

Steve BowmanSteven Bowman is an internationally recognized governance, strategy, risk, and leadership advisor to organizations worldwide, with a special focus on nonprofits. He has held CEO positions with major organizations such as the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance and the Finance and Treasury Association. Steven has travelled the world providing keynote addresses to conferences of CEOs and directors, pioneered the teaching of nonprofit management in Australia, and has authored numerous books on these subjects.

Ellen BristolEllen Bristol, president of Bristol Strategy Group, has worked with nonprofit agencies to improve their fund development results for the past seventeen years. She developed the firm’s flagship methodology, Fundraising the SMART Way™, an evidence-based model for managing the fundraising effort on the basis of continuous improvement, and is author of the e-book De-Mystifying Fundraising: Seven Steps to Fundraising Success. A thought leader, Ellen has published many articles for regional, national, and global publications.

Mike BurnsMike Burns is a partner in the firm of BWB Solutions, where he consults on strategic planning, nonprofit governance, and organizational development, and assesses nonprofits’ readiness for mergers and partnerships. He frequently posts to his blog, “Nonprofit Board Crisis,” highlighting internal issues. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University, a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Lesley College, and a graduate

Allice CochranAlice Collier Cochran, MEd is a nonprofit governance consultant and a facilitator for planning retreats—which she redefines as an “advance.” Her career has included corporate training and organizational effectiveness, and leadership development in colleges. She’s the author of both Roberta’s Rules of Order and the QuickStart Guide to Roberta’s Rules of Order. Alice is also a presenter at nonprofit conferences. When possible, she enjoys sailing old boats on San Francisco Bay.

Marion ConwayMarion Conway is an independent consultant to nonprofits. Her expertise includes strategic planning, board and leadership development, social media, and tools for donating online. She is a popular speaker, workshop presenter, board retreat facilitator and blogger. Her articles have been published in YOU and Your Nonprofit (CharityChannel Press, 2011), Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review (online journal, CharityChannel Press), Stevenson’s Major Gifts Review, Network for Good, Free Management Library and Nonprofit Good Practice databases.

Karen Eber DavisKaren Eber Davis is on a mission to help nonprofit leaders generate sustainable income. Her work is known for its innovation. To help clients fulfill their goals in creative, effective, and whenever possible, brilliant ways, she helps them to explore all of their income opportunities and pursue those with the greatest potential—including and beyond the usual strategies and solutions. She has published over two hundred articles, four books, and a monthly newsletter for nonprofit leaders.

Mitch DorgerMitch Dorger is a highly regarded nonprofit executive with twenty years’ experience as the chief executive officer of organizations as large as 1,800 people with operating budgets up to $100 million. He has special expertise in the world of nonprofit governance and is well versed in strategic planning, change management, leadership development, volunteer management, financial planning and management, government relations, and event management. He is also a sought-after speaker on nonprofit leadership and management.

Brian FossBrian Foss has held executive positions with national nonprofits in Washington, DC for more than thirty-five years, ranging from Independent Sector to the National Conference for Community and Justice. A graduate of American University, he now serves as a confidential strategic thinking partner to CEOs of nonprofit organizations to increase the effectiveness of their mission, programs, and services. He authored “Investing in People and Communities” in 2010, which was published by the Horatio Alger Association.

Brian FraserBrian Fraser is lead provocateur at Jazzthink, where he uses the wit, wisdom, and working of jazz to provoke SMARTer teamwork through speaking, coaching, and workshops. Most of his career has been spent in the nonprofit sector and he works frequently with boards and staff aspiring to improve the presence of their organization.

Dr. Judy FreiwirthInternationally recognized, Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates, is a leading thought leader, keynote speaker, consultant, trainer, and researcher in nonprofit governance. She has been consulting to nonprofits for over thirty years. She is the founder and lead developer of a new governance approach, Community-Engagement Governance™.  She has published numerous articles on innovative governance approaches, including in The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a contributing author to a newly published book, Nonprofit Governance: New Perspectives and Approaches. She serves on the board of the national Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Jane GarthsonJane Garthson, president Garthson Leadership Centre, is dedicated to creating better futures for our communities and organizations through values-based leadership. Toronto-based, she has served the public benefit sector in governance, ethics, strategic planning, interim leadership, and community building for over twenty years. Jane authors monthly charity ethics columns, was editor of CharityChannel’s Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review and is now in Creating the Future’s governance lab.

Gayle GiffordCalled “strategic, bright, insightful, fearless, and principled,” Gayle L. Gifford, ACFRE, President of Cause and Effect, Inc., challenges conventions that stop nonprofits from finding practical solutions to their challenges. Gayle’s expertise includes governance, strategic and business planning, organization and fund development, and public engagement design. Author of How to Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today, Gayle holds the advanced fundraising credential ACFRE.

Simone GrantSimone Grant is a Jamaican-American with a PhD in public administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy-University at Albany. She currently works for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Grant worked for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs-NGO Branch, for a member of the British Parliament, and was a researcher at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was a research fellow and consultant at SUNY-Center for International Development. She is also a member of ARNOVA, and other professional associations.

Sarah GriffithsSarah Griffiths applies strengths-based approaches to change processes, whether the change is at the individual, organization, collaboration, or system level. She helps create processes and the conditions for supporting change, and blends her knowledge of brain research, coaching, and best practices in systems change with whole system methods, such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and Open Space Technology. Sarah works to inspire and support positive change at Wholonomy Consulting.

Brian HaymanOne constant has run through Brian Hayman’s professional life as a metallurgist in a steel company, an educator in an adult learning institute, an executive in a financial services organization, and a consultant in an international professional service firm: playing jazz piano. Brian has combined these interests in his current endeavor, his company Getting in the Groove, which explores the relationship between the improvising jazz ensemble and organizations operating in environments characterized by uncertainty.

Mary HilandMary Hiland, PhD has over thirty-five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector—both as a board member and executive director. Mary is an organizational consultant and board coach focusing on strengthening executive and board partnerships, board development, leadership development, and strategic alliances. Mary is a presenter, researcher and published author. She has a doctorate in human and organizational systems with a focus on nonprofit leadership and governance.

Julia JacksonJulia Jackson works in the public and nonprofit sectors, specializing in program design and evaluation, building the capacity of organizations to secure funds, and working with the particular strengths and challenges of emerging organizations. She serves as board chair of Rainbow Rumpus in Minneapolis, and is also a member of the Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network where she serves as a member of the governance committee. Julia blogs regularly.

Jessica Katz JamesonJessica Katz Jameson, PhD is an associate professor of communication at North Carolina State University. She teaches courses in organizational communication, conflict management, and nonprofit leadership. In 2007, Jessica began working closely with local nonprofit boards of directors to study their communication practices. She writes and presents on this topic for academic and practitioner audiences. Jessica is the former academic council chair for NC State’s Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education, and Engagement.

Pamela LelandPamela Leland, PhD, is principal and founder of The Leland Leadership Group, LLC, a consulting firm that works in partnership with nonprofit leaders toward greater mission achievement. With its leadership focus, the firm specializes in nonprofit governance, strategy, and executive transitions. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Delaware, Pam has also served in various leadership roles including as executive director, interim executive director, and director of development. She resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Linda LysakowskiLinda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is one of the select few to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation; a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy; author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers, The Development Plan, Fundraising as a Career, Capital Campaigns, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?, Raise More Money from Your Business Community, Fundraising for the GENIUS; contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study; coeditor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook; and coauthor of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook and The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong with Your Fundraising and How You can Fix It.

Frank MartinelliFrank Martinelli has over thirty-five years of work, training, and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development, and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976, over twenty-five thousand professional staff, board, and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank’s practical, results-oriented training and consultation.

Jan MasaokaJan Masaoka is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits. She also publishes Blue Avocado, a free online magazine for nonprofit staff and volunteers enjoyed by sixty-three thousand subscribers. Each issue contains at least one article on nonprofit boards, often taking an unconventional or especially practical viewpoint.

Barbara MetelskyBarbara A. Metelsky is a nonprofit organization development consultant and doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University. She has twenty-five years of experience as a nonprofit leader and as a university-based nonprofit academic center administrator. Barbara’s research focuses on nonprofit governance with emphases on board social capital, board communication, and board diversity. She is a founding cochair of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) Common Interest Group for Governance Research.

Jim MuellerJim Mueller has forty years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His consulting practice is focused on helping organizations develop expertise in organizational development, governance, and philanthropy. Jim’s career spans from education (Cornell University, Northwestern University), to healthcare, to social services. He serves on the boards of the Girl Scouts and Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation, and volunteers for the Florida Association for Volunteers in Action in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Bill MusickBill Musick has worked extensively with chief executives and boards of directors of healthcare and other community benefit organizations across the country to achieve new levels of effectiveness in the governance of public benefit organizations. Bill has written and presented nationally on advocacy, strategic positioning, creating a culture of integrity, planning for executive transition, and tapping the full potential of a board.

Brent NeverBrent Never, PhD, is an assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City. His most recent research considers how older nonprofit organizations continue to be entrepreneurial. His work has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Patty OretelPatty Oertel is the president of The Oertel Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, organizational development, and board development for nonprofit organizations. She ran the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California for many years. She holds her MBA from and taught for UCLA’s Anderson’s Graduate School of Management. She also served as the administrative director of the Nonprofit Management Association.

Cassandra O'NeillCassandra O’Neill, MA, is a Senior Partner of Wholonomy Consulting, LLC. She works with funders, government agencies, nonprofits, and community members to identify shared goals, build collective leadership, and increase organizational effectiveness. She has been a consultant since 2000, and has worked with over 150 organizations in Arizona and nationally. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for two state government agencies, two national associations, a social service agency, and Rutgers University.

Joan RobertsJoan Roberts, in addition to being a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board, is author of Alliances Coalitions and Partnerships: Building Collaborative Organizations and Governance for Collaboratives: A Guide to Resolving Power and Conflict Issues, to help practitioners deal with the complexity of crossing organizational boundaries and attempting large-scale change. Chock full of anecdotes, tools, and processes, the book is designed to help practitioners manage the complexity of inter-organizational collaboration.

Joan RobertsSusan Schaefer, CFRE, is a seasoned consultant, writer, and speaker. She founded Resource Partners LLC in 2001 to empower executives, development staff, and boards to meet and exceed their financial goals. She is coeditor of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field, published by CharityChannel Press. Susan holds a master’s degree in not-for-profit management from the University of Maryland and is slated to teach fundraising at Johns Hopkins University.

Dottie SchindlingerAs vice president of e-governance for BoardEffect, Dottie Schindlinger promotes e-governance as an expert in the field. Her role includes business development, giving conference presentations, and writing publications such as the “E-governance Is Good Governance” in Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets (2010, Wiley & Sons). Dottie brings 18 years’ experience in capacity-building for nonprofits as trainer, consultant, staff, and board member. She received her degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Olivia SelingerOlivia Selinger is a long-time Girl Scout who has served as the director of governance at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and in many volunteer roles including assistant troop leader and board member. Olivia is currently a governance consultant and community volunteer. She has a bachelor of arts in urban education and communication from Saint Louis University and a master of arts in sociology of education from the University of Chicago. She resides in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Terrie Temkin

The editor of this book and a founding principal of the international consulting firm CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc., Dr. Terrie Temkin is considered a thought leader by her colleagues. She is a cocreator of the new governance framework, Community-Engagement Governance™. A prolific writer, her work can be found throughout the world in books, journals, blogs, and her popular column, “On Nonprofits.” Terrie also teaches nonprofit governance at Florida Atlantic University.

Deb WaltersA lifetime Girl Scout and volunteer, Deb Walters has served on the Girl Scouts board of directors for twelve years. Currently she is vice chair of the board of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania with responsibilities for governance, Girl Advisors, and Girl Delegates. Deb has volunteered as a troop leader, trainer, and many other Girl Scout roles. She has bachelor and master degrees in library science and works as an elementary school librarian.

Carol WeismanCarol Weisman is the president of Board Builders. She works primarily in the US, Canada, the UK, Bermuda, and Australia. She specializes in fundraising, philanthropy, and governance. She has served on thirty-three boards and has been president of seven. Carol is also the author of nine books on fundraising, governance, and philanthropy. Her most recent is, Transforming Ordinary People into Fundraising Superheroes. Carol’s book Raising Charitable Children is in its third printing.

Bob WittigBob Wittig has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years. His nonprofit experience includes fundraising, management, board development, strategic planning, program evaluation, and grantmaking. Since 2002, he has been the executive director of the Jovid Foundation. He is a founding board member of Mundo Verde Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Bob has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine (’92 – ’94).

Patricia WyzbinskiPatricia Wyzbinski, president of Management Cornerstones Inc., has consulted with more than four thousand nonprofits and authored numerous publications, including a seminal piece on organizational effectiveness. She cofounded the nation’s first arts incubator, helped create the first national association championing nonprofit excellence, and, for eighteen years, advised the Nonprofit Management Funds in Milwaukee, awarding more than sixteen hundred capacity-building grants. In addition, she founded BoardStar, a comprehensive governance initiative, and wrote the iPhone app Nonprofit Tips.

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