The Little Book of Boards: A Board Member's Handbook for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits
Are you new to a board and have no idea what’s expected of you? Do you know what a board’s six key responsibilities are? Do you know what your relationship with the Executive Director should be? If not, this book is for you.
So many board members—especially of small nonprofits—want to support a nonprofit and readily accept the invitation to join the board. It’s only then that they discover they are in over their heads, with no idea of their expectations and responsibilities The Little Book of Boards is here to throw that drowning board member a rope.
Told with a conversational style, this book will lead you through the basics of being on a board, how meetings work, and what’s expected between meetings. In addition, at the back of the book are several in-depth resources for understanding Roberts Rules of Order, bylaws, committee structures, board leadership, and much more.
Perfect for any new board member—or for an entire board that is feeling lost—this book and its common sense approach will serve you every year you are on the board. This book has helped thousands of boards improve how they work together for their nonprofit.
Named one of the “Five Best Books for Nonprofit Leaders” by CharityNet USA
“Erik got my board to think critically about what kind of fundraising activities we should be investing our time and energy in. He helped them get clear on areas to focus on, and informed our fundraising activities and budget for the coming year.”–Krystal Kyer, Executive Director, Tahoma Audubon Society
“The Little Book of Boards provides a concise and easy-to-read overview of the responsibilities of a board member. Some books were too detailed but this one provided enough context for someone new to a board position.” — Melisa Galasso, author of “Money Matters for Nonprofits”
About the Author:
Erik Hanberg has spent more than 20 years working with nonprofits. In addition to serving as the director of two nonprofits, he has served as an Interim ED twice and worked for nonprofits in marketing and fundraising. He has also served on boards and committees for more than a dozen organizations, often in leadership roles, and several times during a capital campaign.
He is the author of four books for nonprofits, focusing on nonprofit management, fundraising, social media, and board governance, which have collectively sold tens of thousands of copies. They’ve been praised as essential reads for nonprofits by Forbes.com, LinkedIn for Nonprofits, Kirkus Reviews, and thousands of executive directors and board members.
In addition, he served for more than 12 years in elected office on the board of Metro Parks Tacoma, a junior municipality with an annual operating budget of $50+ million.