Members Rule: How to Be a Strategic Advocate for Your Nonprofit
by Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman
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Publishing, or Amazon, 128 pages, 7x9 (spiral), February 2007, ISBN: 0-7879-6812-9
(Available now in Paperback $26.65 & Digital $9.99)
"…The philosophy of the book is
stated in its Introduction. We hear complaints about boards:
they are ineffective, won't fundraise, can't read a financial
statement & the list goes on and on. But we don't hear enough
about how boards educate their members about their responsibilities.
We readily ask board members to make decisions without the necessary
instructions. Board Members Rule helps to rectify this situation.
The chapters are succinct and varied..." The Foundation
filled with practical and common-sense tools, resources, grids, forms,
and examples. There is a learning exercise to fit every chapter, and
lists of references, resources and support centers throughout the
and Lehman, authors of Boards
That Love Fundraising, have written a new and accessible hands-on
book, Board Members Rule, based on their experience in working with
boards and nonprofits for many years. Board Members Rule reframes
a board member's role to be a strategic advocate for your nonprofit
and its constituency. Given the heightened awareness of accountability
and transparency, Board Members Rule shows how to pay attention to
both while furthering your values, mission and vision and promoting
pragmatic, effective and efficient strategies. Geared for new and seasoned board
members, it answers questions such as:
How to run efficient and effective meetings?
What is a mission and vision statement?
How to strategically plan for the future?
How to recruitment new members?
What to pay and how to do a performance appraisal of the CEO?
What are your fundraising responsibilities?
How to be financially accountable and transparent?
What are your fiduciary duties?
What is a conflict of interest?
How does the board evaluate itself?
"Accountability and Transparency for Nonprofits: What Do They
"How Can A Board Member Be A Strategic Advocate For Your Nonprofit?"
Does the Board Govern and Evaluate Itself?"
Lehman and Robert Zimmerman (former) were partners at Zimmerman
Lehman, a consulting firm for nonprofits. They have
over 60 years of combined experience working with nonprofits in
board development, fundraising and public policy. Ann has been
an executive director and Bob a development director on both coasts.
Both Ann and Bob are well-known for motivating boards with their
practical, down-to-earth, no-nonsense advice and sense of humor.
What People Are Saying:
hear complaints about boards: they are ineffective, won't fundraise,
can't read a financial statement and the list goes on and on. But
we don't hear enough about how boards educate their members about
their responsibilities. Board Members Rule helps to rectify this situation."-Scott
Ullman, The San Francisco Foundation Center
by two leading experts in the field of board development and fundraising,
Board Members Rule reframes the board members' role to include a strategic
advocacy perspective... It's filled with common sense tools, resources,
forms, examples and exercises to provide a comprehensive guide for
board members of nonprofit organizations."
Golden Gate Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP-GGC e-Bulletin
Members Rule is an essential read for those who want to transform
their board membership into an opportunity to exercise strategic leadership
in promoting the mission of the agency."
- Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
and Zimmerman draw on their extensive background in community organizing
and public policy to demonstrate the power of strategic advocacy in
affecting change and implementing a nonprofit's mission."
- Norman A. Constantine, University of California, Berkeley, School
of Public Health
"Zimmerman Lehman have once more produced a hands-on practical
board manual, Board Members Rule, that will benefit both the experienced
and inexperienced board member."
- Phillip Kilbridge, Habitat for Humanity San Francisco
"Board Members Rule is chock-full of excellent advice and practical
techniques for the proactive board member. Tons of resources, references,
tables, forms and exercises will ensure that all boards govern effectively."
- Tim Hallahan, Stanford Law School
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