A Guide to Nonprofit Board Success
Answering the Call of Leadership
by Cynthia Jarboe
November 2019, 177pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7266-2
$39, £29, 34€, A53
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7267-9
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Professionals who serve on the board of a nonprofit are not often given the time or resources to understand the responsibilities of the role.

Whether you are a new member on the board of a nonprofit or a veteran member looking for a quick reference to the fundamentals, this book models best board practices in a straightforward way.

A Guide to Nonprofit Board Success is a complete resource for the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your board position. Each chapter leads you to achievement in all aspects of your expected duties. You will learn how to read financial statements, understand various investment strategies, and fundraise and plan events.

From your first meeting with your new colleagues to planning long-term goals, this book also offers descriptions of common scenarios in the boardroom to epitomize real situations and desired outcomes. Author Cynthia Jarboe has decades of experience partnering with and working for nonprofits, and has firsthand knowledge of how integral a collaborative board can be to the management and prosperity of a nonprofit.

It can be overwhelming to understand board governance or to make a crucial investment without previous experience. Here you will learn the essentials of holding a board position as you prepare yourself for the role.


  • Comprehensive coverage of best practices for new and veteran board members
  • Short chapters providing digestible information
  • Tools to assist in duties such as board evaluation and strategic planning
  • Technical topics presented in a simple format
  • Real and practical vignettes to reinforce principles discussed
Cynthia Jarboe is consulting chief financial officer for the Emergency Assistance Foundation, a charitable foundation that aids corporations in providing emergency hardship grants to their employees. For the past 35 years, she has served on local, state, and national boards, and as an officer of dozens of nonprofits including the Virginia Special Olympics, as president of the William & Mary Alumni Association, as vice president of the Richmond YWCA, and as treasurer for the Society of International Business Fellows.


"Without doubt, this book should definitely NOT be on the bookshelf of Charity Trustees. Instead, it should be right on hand for consulting in their pocket, resting on their nightstand, its well-thumbed pages open for readyreference in the boardroom. The pragmatic wisdom shared here will immediately demystify this special role for the newcomer and serve as a useful refresher and source of inspiration even for the seasoned practitioner. This is the Charity Trustee’s bible, cheat-sheet, and operating manual." —Dr. Laurence S. Lyons, Founding Author of the series “Coaching for Leadership”, Visiting Academic Fellow at Henley Business School, author, business coach and consultant.

"A must read for prospective non-profit board members. Authoritative, comprehensive, and complete!" —A. Marshall Acuff Jr., Former board chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities ("AGB")
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