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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 governance experts as the resource that the sector been waiting for. Nonprofit fundraising expert Susan Schaefer's book Nonprofit Board Service GENIUS is on sale in Amazon now!The book takes the reader through the process of searching for a board, the first year of service, the leadership realm, and beyond! It is ideal for these purposes:

  • New board member reference
  • Board meeting resource
  • Board development tool
  • Executive director training manual
  • Personal decision-making tool for prospective board members

The book contains a number of templates and sample documents that will help any nonprofit streamline its processes. 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 provides immense personal and professional opportunities. Its spirited tone will follow readers to the boardroom and into communities around the country.

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