Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS
Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS is a first-of-its kind reference for the millions of people who are seeking to serve on a nonprofit board or already serve on one. It is a fun, informative read that candidly highlights a board member's ups and downs. Perfect for the novice, the veteran who needs a refresher, or the executive directors looking to take the group to a higher level; it has been acclaimed by experts as the book that the sector has been waiting for.
Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS is a first-of-its kind reference for the millions of people who are seeking to serve on a nonprofit board or already serve on one. It is a fun, informative read that candidly highlights a board member's ups and downs. Perfect for the novice, the veteran who needs a refresher, or the executive director looking to take the group to a higher level; it has been acclaimed by experts as the resource that the sector has been waiting for.
The book takes the reader through the process of searching for a board, the first year of membership, into the leadership realm, and beyond. It is ideal for these purposes:
- Decision-making tool for finding the right board
- Board orientation takeaway
- Board meeting reference
- Board development resource
- Executive director training
- Nonprofit training text
The book and its appendices contain a number of templates and sample documents that will help any nonprofit strengthen its value.
Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS moves sequentially through the stages of nomination, early candidacy, and more advanced topics:
Part 1: Board Service with Your Eyes Wide Open
Chapter 1: Why Would Anyone Want to Serve on a Nonprofit Board?
Chapter 2: Board Basics
Chapter 3: Just the Facts
Chapter 4: Finding the Right Match
Chapter 5: Getting From Here to There: From Candidate to Board Member
Part 2: Hit the Ground Running
Chapter 6: Ready, Set, Action! Wait, Who Does What?
Chapter 7: Board Anatomy 101
Chapter 8: Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, 990s...Oh My!
Chapter 9: Creating a Roadmap: Strategic Thinking and Planning
Part 3: Digging In
Chapter 10: Budgets: A Financial Blueprint
Chapter 11: Other Fun Financials
Chapter 12: From Ambassador to Advocate
Chapter 13: The "F" Word: Fundraising
Chapter 14: Risk Management: Covering Your Assets
Chapter 15: Measuring Organizational Success: The Board's Role
Part 4: Behind the Curtain
Chapter 16: Board Recruitment: The Dating Game
Chapter 17: Orientation: An Essential Beginning
Chapter 18: Make Meetings Magical
Part 5: The Care and Feeding of Your Leaders
Chapter 19: ED-Chair Partnership: The Dynamic Duo
Chapter 20: Supporting and Evaluating the ED
Chapter 21: Hiring and Firing the ED
Chapter 22: What If Your Leaders Flee to Cancun?
Chapter 23: Founders and Long-Time Leaders
Part 6: Taking the Reins
Chapter 24: Assessing the Board's Performance
Chapter 25: Keeping Board Members Engaged and Connected
Chapter 26: When Things Go Awry
Chapter 27: Board Culture: Boards Are People Too
Appendices include a sample board commitment form, individual board member fundraising plan, conflict of interest policy, whistleblower policy, document retention and destruction policy, and executive director evaluation.
Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS is a must-have guide for these groups:
- Executive directors looking to propel the board to the next level
- Community members interested in exploring board service
- Novice board members driven to learn more
- Veteran board members who would like to brush up on basics or take on a leadership post
With real examples of inspiration and what to avoid, the book's vignettes show that board work takes time and commitment, but enables creativity and provides immense personal and professional benefits and opportunities. Its spirited tone will follow readers to the boardroom and into communities around the country.
About the Authors
Susan Schaefer is a consultant, writer, and speaker who is passionate about the nonprofit sector. Her practical approach to fundraising has made her a frequent presenter at conferences and in classrooms. She teaches fundraising in the master’s program of museum studies at Johns Hopkins University.
In 2001, Susan founded Resource Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides professional, ethical, and collaborative fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations. In that role, she works with staff and boards to analyze their financial goals and determine how best to achieve them. She also specializes in creating the supporting documents that help fulfill those goals, in the form of case statements, proposals, and other solicitation materials. Her client list includes large organizations and small of all disciplines, including the United Negro College Fund, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Arts for the Aging, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Prior to founding Resource Partners LLC, Susan served as National Director, Foundations at the United Negro College Fund. There, she managed a department whose income more than quadrupled during her tenure. She also helped lead the design and implementation of the historic Gates Millennium Scholars, a $1 billion program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Susan’s written contributions to the field include The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field, which she edited with Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. She was a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs. She also serves as a comprehensive editor for CharityChannel Press and For the GENIUS Press.
Susan is an active volunteer, having served as president, development chair, and multiple other leadership positions on nonprofit boards. She has held the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation since 1999 and holds a master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Management and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from the University of Maryland.
She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons.
While pursuing his MBA, Bob Wittig took a course on nonprofit management and was hooked!
Since 2002, Bob has been executive director of the Jovid Foundation in Washington, DC. In addition to grantmaking, he has provided strategic planning, board development, and technical assistance to grantees. He has also hosted a monthly “Lunch Club” for grantee executive directors. In 2009, he founded a similar group for grantee board members.
Prior to Jovid, Bob served as the executive director at Academy of Hope, development director at Joseph’s House, and the direct marketing manager at Special Olympics International. In 1992, he was part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ukraine.
Bob has been a contributor to CharityChannel and was a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs.
Bob’s board service includes: founding board member of Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School (treasurer); All Souls Church Unitarian (treasurer); Workforce for Regional Collaboration; and the Ross Elementary School PTA (treasurer).
Bob has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He lives in Washington, DC, with his daughter, Kayla, and their dog, Ellington.
What Are GENIUS Books?
Though we admit to a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun in referring to our readers as geniuses, we do in fact think highly of them! We know that they are intelligent and knowledgeable about many subjects, just not necessarily on the subject of the For the GENIUS book they’ve just picked up. They know that, despite the title, our books are for pretty much everyone, not just “Einsteins”—though even some Einsteins will enjoy our books, too!
We celebrate the fact that our readers are inspired to learn a subject enough to pick up one of our books, which in turn inspires us to ensure, through plenty of perspiration at every step, excellence in producing them.
Readers will enjoy the fun, upbeat, and first-person writing style. They will even find themselves entertained by the occasional sprinkled-in humor, and look forward to sidebars that enhance the discussion.
Though written in a conversational first-person style, GENIUS books are thorough and authoritative treatments of the subject. They are written by top experts in the subject who want to share with others what they’ve learned.
The For the GENIUS series was created by CharityChannel, a community of nonprofit-sector professionals, to offer the world something different and not always on a nonprofit topic. Enjoy!