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How to Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today
It's All About Asking the Right Questions
by Gayle L. Gifford, 114 pp.
Can you put your average or good board on the road to greatness? Indeed you can, says Gayle Gifford in How to Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today. And you’re closer than you think.
Gifford’s approach is ingenious. She doesn’t lecture, doesn’t scold, doesn’t harangue. Instead she challenges your board to transform itself by answering a series of probing questions. Here’s a sampling:
- How well do we know our community’s needs?
- Do we know if our programs are having an impact?
- Have we given our CEO the necessary support?
- Do our committees improve the functioning of the board?
As your board answers – and sometimes debates – each question, it simultaneously takes stock of the overall job it’s doing, or not doing. All without the help of an expensive board consultant!
About the Author
Gayle Gifford brings over 30 years of experience to her work with nonprofits – from her personal activism for peace, disarmament, environmental, human and civil rights, to her professional work as a consultant and former director of development and senior nonprofit manager.
She is one of fewer than 100 individuals in the U.S. with the advanced fundraising credential, ACFRE, issued by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gifford learned her craft as Director of Development and Communications at PLAN USA, as Deputy Director/Director of Development and Marketing at Save The Bay, and as Director of Development at CityYear RI.
Gayle holds an M.S. in organization and management from Antioch University New England and is an in-demand trainer and provocative writer on nonprofit management and fundraising. She teaches graduate-level courses as an adjunct at Brown University and Simmons College.
Visit her Web site or blog, The Butterfly Effect, at www.ceffect.com. Or connect on Twitter @gaylegifford.