19 Feb

Book Review: On Board

This article originally appeared on Sustainable Museums on February 11, 2016.  On Board is available for purchase on Amazon.  If you would like to order 20 or more copies for your board, please contact me at for discount information. 

Book Review: On Board by Nanette R. Fridman

How marvelous it is to find such clear, valuable writing on such a complex and important topic. That this book specifically refers to museums, in a few of its cases, is an extra value for me. For my peers at zoos, museums, gardens and historic sites, I strongly encourage you to consider this as a must-have in your library, and always as a part of your packet for new board members – even experienced ones.

On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About NonProfits & Board Service is for nonprofits of all kinds. It is very applicable to a broad spectrum of organizations, and the text covers every aspect of the important work of developing and sustaining quality relationships and responsibilities among board and staff.

Fridman’s balanced approach reflects significant experience working with all types of people in these roles. Her language and examples accept the uniqueness of each situation, but never allow for confusion over the responsibility of the board and staff to the organization, not to individuals.

The book’s purpose is “to ensure that nonprofit board members are all on board — moving in the same direction toward a common goal that serves the greater good.” Very nicely done.

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