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Attributes of Effective Advisory Board Members

by: F. Duke Haddad

Nonprofits need effective advisory boards. Many of these organizations have limited staff and volunteers, and need the broad expertise that an advisory board can bring to the table. I have worked with many advisory boards and found that one size does not fit all. As a nonprofit executive, you need to understand what an advisory board is and is not, and the purpose of the board. According to Blue Avocado, the board of directors of a nonprofit organization is its legal, governing body. In contrast, an advisory board is convened by the organization to give advice and support.

There are four common types of nonprofit advisory boards:

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