There are over a million nonprofits in America (honestly!) and each one works in unique ways to pursue original missions. However, each one is legally required to have a Board of Directors. Just as the program, operating and executive staff at a nonprofit need to have clear goals, sufficient resources and guidelines for how to be effective, so too a Board made up of generous volunteers needs structure and support that’s tailored to their circumstances.
By surveying and interviewing Board members about their current experiences in Board service, through facilitated discussions and targeted coaching and training we help Boards to:
understand the difference between their governance and management functions
adapt their ways of working with each other and staff as their organization evolves
update (or create) core policy documents
build knowledge and confidence to become better advocates for their organization
successfully cultivate new donors and solicit support from their networks
When we do this work well Boards not only work better, Board members enjoy their Board service more too.
"We are so fortunate to have landed with Marc and Kelly as our consultants for our board development work. As professionals with an easy going style they were a best fit for our group; great listeners, spot on understanding of issues, incredible follow through and amazing end product that will serve as a tremendous resource to our organization." - Jane Chin, Board Member Chinese Historical Society of America
"Marc brings excellent knowledge of nonprofit best practices, leadership development, and the local arts community, which has been invaluable for our Board. I have enjoyed Marc’s accessible and approachable style of facilitating and assisting us through the complexities of a smaller, scrappy organization working to strengthen our capacity, leadership and consider long-term goals, and realistic plans." - Susie McKinnon, Board President, SAFEhouse for the Arts
"Our Board had the great fortune to work with Marc on several areas of orchestra development. Marc came to us with the ability to listen thoroughly and understand the orchestra’s creative and administrative culture; he has guided us with incision, new ideas and good humor. Marc brought us the focus we needed to develop strategies and actions in the areas of foundation, individual and corporate development–and even performance." - Laurie Cohen, Executive Director, Mill Valley Philharmonic