Walking the Board Walk (Paperback)

Secrets of an Enjoyable Nonprofit Board Experience

By Vaughn Sherman

Patos Island Press, 9780984722501, 87pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

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Nonprofit boards fulfill a vital function in governing organizations that contribute significantly to the health, welfare, education and other life-needs of communities ranging from remote hamlets to large cities. When a nonprofit is not properly functioning, everyone suffers. Walking the Board Walk is intended to help nonprofit board leadership and individuals develop boards in ways that will improve governance and make the experience more satisfying. Rather than a set of instructions about how to organize and manage a nonprofit board, Vaughn Sherman covers those areas that will turn around poor board performance and dissatisfaction. Sherman offers valuable suggestions for:

• Solving personality conflicts between members

• Coming to an agreement when board members are split on an issue

• Recruiting a diverse board

• Establishing an open stream of communication and respect among board members.

About the Author

Vaughn Sherman was born and educated in Seattle, Washington, He has enjoyed several careers. After working as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and Washington State, he was recruited by the CIA and served more than twenty years, mostly abroad. After taking early retirement, Vaughn became involved in numerous community activities, mostly involving the governance of non-profit agencies and community colleges. He has published three books dealing with the management of non-profits. A certified mediator, he is a volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. He and his wife, Jan, now enjoy a northwest life with their large extended family.

Praise For Walking the Board Walk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Nonprofit Board Experience

“Vaughn Sherman knows how to ‘walk the board walk.’ His many years of experience being on boards and conducting board trainings come through in this handy and practical guide to being an effective board for nonprofit organizations.”

----Dr. Cindra Smith, author of Trusteeship in Community Colleges

“ . . . In WALKING THE BOARD WALK, I’ve found what I was looking for and believe that you will too, whether you are just beginning your board walk or are a seasoned director looking to enhance your knowledge base. . . . “

--—Chris Marx, Edmonds Community College Foundation, Executive Director