Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed to Do? (Hardy Smith)

December 2022

Are your nonprofit board members as engaged as they should be?  Are they micromanaging you or simply disengaged? In episode #186 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, author of Stop the Nonprofit Board Blame Game Hardy Smith discusses what an effective board really means. He details actions to avoid board member relationship mistakes, keys to recruiting and retaining productive board members, and why board members aren't passionate about fundraising. You'll hear some fundamental problems nonprofit staff face when interacting with their boards and what you can do to improve the relationship to achieve more effective results. Hardy also offers advice to board members so they can be the kind of intentional, effective and productive volunteer your organization needs.

"Learning to communicate effectively with each board member is vital to the successful relationship between the nonprofit leader and their board." 



Hardy Smith is author of Stop the Nonprofit Board Blame Game. As a consultant and speaker, he works with organizations who want to benefit from a fully engaged board. Through board retreats, workshops, keynotes, and planning sessions Hardy provides solutions to board engagement challenges. Hardy's results-oriented approach was developed during a longtime career in the high-performance world of NASCAR racing. He has had wide-ranging personal and professional involvement with nonprofits, associations, chambers of commerce, and community groups nationwide. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, ASAE, Association of Fundraising Professionals, BoardSource, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Florida Society of Association Executives. He is a faculty member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Institute for Organization Management.




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