Author Archives: Susan Suarez

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.

Board Chairs Need to Prepare

In a recent survey* of 645 Board chairs of nonprofit organizations, 51% said they had NO training for their leadership role. 51% As the top volunteer at a nonprofit, the chair must be ready to lead in a variety of … Continue reading

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6 Questions to Ask Before You Join a Nonprofit Board

Ask the Governance Guru Part 3 in a series of governance posts As a nonprofit executive director or board chair, you should be prepared for your prospective board member to ask you some critical questions. They may ask about the board’s … Continue reading

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8 Questions to Ask Potential Board Members

Ask the Governance Guru Part 2 in a series of governance posts We’ve all heard stories of board recruitment gone wrong… The person who was asked to join by his golf buddy because they have fun golfing…the resume-builder who is a name … Continue reading

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About Advisory Boards

Ask the Governance Guru Part 1 in a series of governance posts Many questions I receive are on the subject of Advisory Boards… “What is the role of an advisory board? How often should it meet and how does it … Continue reading

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Tune-up for better results

Is your nonprofit organization running on all cylinders? Or are there areas that need a tune-up? Call us if you answer “no” to any of the questions below. 1. Is your strategic plan current? 2. Do you have an effective … Continue reading

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Recruit the Board You Need

Debbie Mathews Finch and I recently did a session for our local United Way agencies about Best Practices in Board Recruitment. In case you missed it, here are some highlights. Contact us if you would like us to come talk to your … Continue reading

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Yes! Your Board Can Fundraise!

Nearly every nonprofit organization would like their board to be more involved in fundraising. Why is this such a common struggle? There are several different reasons. I find these three to be widespread: 1. Board members may not understand their … Continue reading

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Sharpen Your Strategy

In my work with nonprofit organizations and foundations across the country I have seen a variety of themes emerge during the strategic planning process. 1. Growth: What kind? How much? Growth can occur in many ways, such as mergers, geographic … Continue reading

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Take time to plan

I recently broke a bone in my foot. No, this is not a plea for sympathy. I was forced to slow down and this frustrated me to the max. But as days turned into weeks, I came to appreciate the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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