"Pat invited Community HousingWorks to ask a radical question - what board would power us forward in our growth? And why couldn't we figure out who we needed to be on that board and just go get them?
With Pat's help, we did just that. Our board is restructured, highly engaged and adding even more value. They’re tickled pink at the company of the amazing people they find in each other."
President & CEO, Community HousingWorks
"With Pat’s guidance and support, Community Housing Works was able to significantly improve its board governance. Board members’ strengths and productivity have been leveraged to support CHW in the most strategic way possible.
CHW has grown from having a positive impact on San Diego County’s affordable housing to having impact at the statewide level. The Board now has the skills and commitment to effectively address and resolve the complex nature of the new CHW footprint."
Board Chair, Community HousingWorks
"Pat was just the person that we needed. The demands of several years of rapid growth, a successful capital campaign and the purchase and outfitting of new home, had distilled the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Board down to a very small group of active directors. Governance was a non-issue after all of us had spent so long working together. However, such informality was not going to work for the Museum long term, especially as we added new directors.
With Pat’s assistance, and persistence, we brought our governance documents up to date and formalized our recruitment process. Her input, drawing on her experience with so many nonprofits, was essential and provided solutions that we might never have found.
Now, a year later, we have expanded the board and positioned ourselves for the next phase of growth. Without Pat, we never would have gotten far, and certainly would never have finished."
Board Chair, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
The process of reimagining a board starts with an examination of governance documents and ends with board leaders who are eagerly and actively engaged. It involves working with an organization’s leaders to:
Think about the type of governance structure that will work best for the organization
Reach a common understanding about of the role and responsibility of board members
Ensure that all governance and policy documents are current, legal and understandable
Structure the board to advance the fiduciary and strategic needs of the organization
Recruit people who are committed to advancing the mission
To start the process of reimagining your board, download this free PDF quick guide.
This guide gives an overview of five key steps every organization must take in order to create a strategic and effective board.
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"Pat was terrific when working with us in merging our two boards to become one strategic organization. Thanks to her knowledge and wisdom, all of our board documents and by-laws are now up-to-date and compliant.
We are better positioned and have the tools to recruit the additional members we need to continue our quest to serve more children and families throughout Southern California. Thank you, Pat!"
CEO of Walden Family Services
"Pat’s depth of knowledge in non-profit management allowed our organization to successfully merge our two boards into one strong governing entity. Her professionalism, creativity and attention to every detail kept us focused and enthused about completing our project on a tight deadline.
I have great admiration and gratitude towards Pat for delivering exactly what she promised… CLARITY. PERSPECTIVE. INSIGHT."
Board Chair of Walden Family Services
"Pat is a fantastic coach, helping shepherd us through a complete overhaul and update of bylaws and governance documents.
She provided helpful background information and patiently walked us through each iteration as we circulated and revised the documents, making them our own.
I highly recommend that non-profits go through this process, and utilize Pat to help guide the work."
Board Chair, Junior Achievement of San Diego
"Pat is special. The work she did “reimagining” our board has completely changed how we operate. Now our board members are really making a difference! All our systems are working better from HR to developing strategy to financial management.
Everybody on the board contributes to making us more effective, and they’re excited about working together and helping Dreams for Change."
Teresa Smith, Ph.D.
C.E.O., Dreams for Change
“Our Board Governance Committee recently had the pleasure of working with Pat to update and modernize all of our governance documents in anticipation of realigning our organization to a more committee centric Board. Pat’s extraordinary knowledge, experience and insight, coupled with her flexibility in adapting documents to our unique organizational needs, were of immense value to us as we worked to understand and then adopt our vision of the future governance of our organization. We can’t say enough about her supportive guidance of our efforts.”
Harry Stephens and Angie Bartosik
Co-Chairs of the Governance Committee