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The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want. The Nine Little Things That Matter Most

  • ID: 1057224
  • Book
  • June 2009
  • 142 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"At once,
The Truth is refreshingly candid and deeply insightful. June Bradham is without peer in her ability to understand volunteer boards, and this understanding creates for us all more meaningful relationships and far more successful organizations. All boards and staff can use this book well...and for good."

Paula Harper Bethea, Chair Emeritus, United Way of America′s Board of Governors, Director, External Relations, McNair Law Firm, PA

"The Truth does an outstanding job of dispelling the myths about working with boards that can often jeopardize our fundraising success. The stories are compelling and should serve as a ′textbook′ for all of us who rely on the involvement and commitment of our board members to raise funds."
Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE, former International Board Chairman, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Vice President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

"In The Truth, June Bradham provides meaningful insight for those seeking to better collaborate with their boards while making a lasting contribution to the sector itself. As she always does, June helps us see more clearly and turn insight into positive action."
Rachel Hutchisson, Corporate Relations & Philanthropy, Blackbaud, Inc.

"Few others can inspire and capture the inherent potential in volunteer boards like June Bradham. Her well–framed interviews and seasoned insights create an unparalleled gift for philanthropic organizations and their leaders."
J. Gregory Pope, CFRE, FAHP, Chair Elect, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy International Board; Chief Development Officer, Saint Thomas Health Services

"June accurately illustrates the myriad personalities, purposes, and passions that make up a board. Understanding what drives them as individuals is vital to their experience and the organization′s success."
Betty Stilwell, President, Methodist Health Foundation

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Myth 1 It s the Cause, Not the Company.

The Truth Current board makeup is the number one reason a top–flight candidate will agree to consider board service or will not.

Myth 2 A Great Board Member Is a Great Board Member. Period.

The Truth The board member who doesn t feel the cause passionately from head to toe can t compete with one who does.

Myth 3 The Board Alone Is Responsible for Success or Failure.

The Truth Without a dedicated, smart, visible, and vocal CEO at the helm, a board will not totally engage.

Myth 4 CEO and Board Members Are Colleagues. Nothing More.

The Truth Engaged boards have an inspired CEO who forms a partnership with board members and demonstrates a passion for the mission while keeping ego in check.

Myth 5 It s About the Work, Not About the Party.

The Truth All work and no play makes Jack an unhappy board member.

Myth 6 What the Executive Committee Shares Is Its Business.

The Truth The board chair and the CEO must build trust with the entire board.

Myth 7 Great Board Members = Big Check Writers. That s All.

The Truth Board giving is directly correlated to the board experience.

Myth 8 No One Cares About Gift Expectations Two Years Out.

The Truth Tell the board in advance what is expected all of it.

Myth 9 Boards Get a Lot from Training.

The Truth Board members hate anything labeled training.

The Other Side of the Story.

Jon Dellandrea, PhD, Former Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Oxford.

Young P. Dawkins, III, Vice Principal for Advancement, University of Edinburgh.

Charles Phlegar, Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell University.

Nigel Redden, Director, Spoleto Festival USA.


Appendix: AlignMint.

A Self–Assessment Tool for Boards and Leadership.

Stage 1: Discovery.

Stage 2: Building the Relationship.

Stage 3: Full Commitment.

About the Author.


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June J. Bradham
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