Great Governance, Great Strategy, Great Results

It all starts with governance — your board of directors. Exceptional organizations have exceptional boards who understand their crucial role in…

     linking bold visions and ambitious plans

to financial support, expertise and networks of influence.

How to get there? 

Share the 12 Principles of Great Governance* and thoughtfully assess where and how your board and your organization can improve its work.  (*BoardSource)

We can facilitate the conversation that delves into the 12 principles, help you identify areas for focused improvement and guide you through a strategic improvement process.

CONSTRUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP
Exceptional boards govern in constructive partnership with the chief executive, recognizing that the effectiveness of the board and chief executive are interdependent.

MISSION DRIVEN
Exceptional boards shape and uphold the mission, articulate a compelling vision, and ensure the congruence between decisions and core values.

STRATEGIC THINKING
Exceptional boards allocate time to what matters most and continuously engage in strategic thinking to hone the organization’s direction.

CULTURE OF INQUIRY
Exceptional boards institutionalize a culture of inquiry, mutual respect, and constructive debate that leads to sound and shared decision making.

INDEPENDENTMINDEDNESS
Exceptional boards are independent minded. When making decisions, board members put the interests of the organization above all else.

ETHOS OF TRANSPARENCY
Exceptional boards promote an ethos of transparency by ensuring that donors, stakeholders, and interested members of the public have access to appropriate and accurate information regarding finances, operations, and results.

COMPLIANCE WITH INTEGRITY
Exceptional boards promote strong ethical values and disciplined compliance by establishing appropriate mechanisms for active oversight.

SUSTAINING RESOURCES
Exceptional boards link bold visions and ambitious plans to financial support, expertise, and networks of influence.

RESULTSORIENTED
Exceptional boards are results‐oriented. They measure the organization’s advancement towards mission and evaluate the performance of major programs and services.

INTENTIONAL BOARD PRACTICES
Exceptional boards intentionally structure themselves to fulfill essential governance duties and to support organizational priorities.

CONTINUOUS LEARNING
Exceptional boards embrace the qualities of a continuous learning organization, evaluating their own performances and assessing the value they add to the organization.

REVITALIZATION
Exceptional boards energize themselves through planned turnover, thoughtful recruitment, and inclusiveness.

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About Susan Suarez

I am a nonprofit management and fundraising consultant. I have 30 years experience in the philanthropic sector including senior level positions in management, fundraising and grantmaking. I started consulting in 2003, working with local nonprofits and with community foundations nationally. My experience as Executive Director of Eden Autism Services Florida, President of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, and Development Director for the American Red Cross in Palo Alto, CA provides a deep background in philanthropy and management to benefit my clients.
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