Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Board Service


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Nanette Fridman is an internationally respected leadership coach, consultant and trainer. With over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits, Nanette wrote, On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service, out of frustration with the lack of information prospective and current board members are given about the nonprofit sector and how boards work, what is expected of them, and how they can best contribute. Even seasoned board members can lack specific knowledge areas and skills to successfully govern and champion their organization.

Are you an aspiring board member who wants to make the right decision about joining a board? Perhaps you’re an executive director who isn’t getting what you need from your board of directors? Maybe you’re a board chair or member dreading yet another unproductive meeting or year? Get On Board !

On Board presents a clear road map to best-practice nonprofit governance and rewarding board service.

In this book, you will learn:

  • Key questions to ask before and once you join a board of directors
  • The powerful functions and inner workings of boards and committees
  • How to spot red flags and avoid crises
  • How to get the most from your executive director and how to hire the best one for your organization
  • The vital roles of ambassadors, friendraisers, and fundraisers
  • Fundamentals of fundraising and effective storytelling
  • Strategic planning 101…and much more

Praise for ON BOARD

“If you’ve just been asked to join your first board or you’re on ten boards, Nanette Fridman has written the book for you. On Board tells you everything you need, from A to Z and then some —and it’s so readable.”

Peter Edelman, Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center


“Insightful and spot on! Nanette cares deeply about the nonprofit sector and has written an important resource to guide boards toward success.”

Representative Lori A. Ehrlich
Former President of HealthLink, Inc. and The Environmental Integrity Project


“Too often the expectations of board members and the workings of nonprofits have been vague or mysterious. Whether you are a professional or board member, On Board demystifies how nonprofits work and lays out in detail how board members can be responsible, effective and fulfilled.”

Dr. Marc N. Kramer, Executive Director
RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network


“Nanette Fridman has written a very practical handbook for nonprofit boards filled with lots of useful tips, checklists, and examples!”

Beth Kanter, Author
Measuring the Networked Nonprofit


“With On Board, board members—new and experienced—will learn how to be effective stewards, ambassadors and leaders of their organizations.”

Judy Neufeld
Former Vice President, Emerge America

“Nanette Fridman insightfully shares her experience with nonprofit boards to help individuals be more intentional, engaged and clear about their roles. Every governance committee should give this book to their new and ongoing board members.”

Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO
National Council of Jewish Women


“This book is the perfect companion to any executive director who wants to build their board and drive more change into the communities they serve.”

Laura Gassner Otting, President
Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group


“As a member of multiple non-profit boards and having been a non-profit manager myself, I would recommend On Board to anyone who is currently on or is considering joining a board or is looking to start a nonprofit themselves. It is informative and easy to read—a really valuable resource.”

Andrea Friedman, Founder
AF Advocacy


A perfect primer for the novice director and rich refresher for the veteran board member!”

Suzanne Fogarty
Head of Lincoln School