Everything You Think About Board Development Is Wrong (Sabrina Walker Hernandez)

January 2023

What is the biggest misconception about board development that many nonprofit leaders face? Do you have the right members on your board and do they know exactly why they've been invited to join? Sabrina Walker Hernandez, who has over 25 years' experience in nonprofit management, answers these questions and more in episode #192 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. She shares key advice for effective board engagement from recruitment and orientation through development and successful management. Sabrina discusses the board and staff partnership and how to motivate your board members to fundraise. Do you have board champions? Learn what they are and why they're a vital complement to your leadership.


"Professional development is vital for every nonprofit leader; developing yourself AND developing your board members."



With over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and leadership, Sabrina Walker Hernandez, President/CEO of Supporting World Hope (SWH), provides consulting services and project-based leadership in helping organizations in the areas of building and managing development programs, capital campaigns, major gift fundraising, board development, marketing, annual fundraising efforts and public relations. Sabrina has a reputation for transformational leadership through staffing and mission alignment, fundraising, expanding programming and community partnerships. Prior to starting Supporting World Hope (SWH), Sabrina served as the Chief Executive Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV. One of Sabrina's greatest successes is that she increased operating revenue from $750,000 to 2.5 million over an 8-year period as well, being responsible for the planning and operations of the largest campaign in organization's history, a $12 million comprehensive capital campaign. In addition to her CEO experience, Sabrina also held the position of Vice President of Operations. She also serves as a master national trainer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which allows her to facilitate workshops and training at clubs across the country. She has served on the Board of Directors for Edinburg Rotary and the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time. She recently earned her Certification of Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School. Sabrina earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and holds a master's degree in Public Administration.




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