Yale School of Management

Consulting to a Nonprofit Board: Peeling the Onion

Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO)

Outside consultants to governing boards are commonly asked to clarify the appropriate roles for the board, executive director, and staff--who does what and who should. The "problem," however, is rarely what it seems to be to participants. Understanding the complex environments in which boards do their work is key to effective consulting and to achieving successful outcomes for a board. In this case the reader is challenged to "see" the agency in its context with a variety of interpretive lenses.

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Suggested Citation:

Suzanne Feeney, "Consulting to a Nonprofit Board: Peeling the Onion," PONPO Case CNG #15, November 1995

  • Nonprofit governance
  • Women in Leadership
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Social Enterprise