What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do and Avoid

If your board is less than perfect — like just about every nonprofit board — read this book. You’ll find dozens of practical ideas and easy-to-use tools.

What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid covers recruitment, trustee job descriptions, running effective meetings, and raising money. It also includes a series of “how to fix it” chapters on poor meeting attendance, micro-management, poor follow-through on commitments, promoting turnover, and conflicts of interest.

A revised version of Andy’s classic Great Boards for Small Groups, this new edition adds:

  • Three new chapters on leadership development and succession planning, financial oversight, and board members as ambassadors.
  • Several new copy-and-use samples, including a board financial management quiz, fundraising agreement, and a board time sheet.
  • Updated content throughout.

Invest an hour to read this book — then use what you learn to transform your board.


“To be effective, board members must commit to achieving a high level of performance. Investing an hour to read this brief book is a good place to start.”

Peter Lowy, Mass Nonprofit News, www.massnonprofit.org