Boardtreck Nonprofit Consulting for Board Governance and Managment

  Board Governance and

  Management Consulting

Dave Coleman  (Principal / Consultant)

phone:  253-355-4060

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For leaders who are new to the role of CEO/ Executive Director…..

  • The Executive Director’s Guide: To Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader by Mim Carlson and Margaret Donohoe

  • The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

  • Managing the Nonprofit Organization: Principles and Practices by Peter F.Drucker

  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t and Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer by Jim Collins

  • Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community by Max De Pree

  • Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney

  • Leadership Jazz by Max DePree

  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

  • Mentoring: The Promise of Relational Leadership by Walter Wright

  • Becoming a Coaching Leader by Daniel Harkavy

  • The Five Most Important Questions: You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker (with other writers)

  • Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges

  • Getting Things Done by David Allen

  • Focus on Sustainability: A Nonprofits Journey by Dennis McMillian

  • The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution by David LaPiana

  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison & Jude Kaye

  • Boards That Make A Difference by John Carver

  • Good Governance for Nonprofits: Developing Principles and Policies for an Effective Board by Fredric L. Laughlin and Robert C. Andringa

  • The High Performance Board: Principles of Nonprofit Organization Governance by Dennis D. Pointner and James E. Orlikoff

  • Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor

  •  Board Essentials: 12 Best Practices of Nonprofit Boards by David L. Coleman

  • Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett

  • Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service by Walter C. Wright

  • Three Dimensions of Leadership by Olan Hendrix

  • Mastering the Management Buckets by John Pearson

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton

  • Incarnate Leadership: 5 Leadership Lessons from the Life of Jesus by Bill Robinson


In my earliest years as a leader, I heard again and again the words, “Leaders are readers.”  Its impact on me has been profound.  For that reason I’ve offered five lists of what I suggest are good reads for the leader.


Leaders are Readers

For leaders intent on achieving greater excellence….

For leaders thinking about planning their work and that of their organization….

For leader who are committed to effective board governance….

For leaders who are new to the role of CEO/Executive Director in a Christian Ministry….

Are you planning to write a grant proposal to a foundation?  My friends and colleagues at the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust provide the following guide: Writing Great Grants – A guide to Successful Grantwriting.  Go to their homepage –  


Do you want to make sure the leaders of your organization truly understand essential financial information?  Jacobson & Jarvis Co. PLLC, Certified Public Accountants have created a booklet entitled What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting.  Check it out on their resource page at –


     Washington Nonprofits –



     The Nonprofit Association of Oregon – 



     Idaho Nonprofit Center – 



     Montana Nonprofit Association – 



     The Foraker Group –



Hardly enough good words can be said about the services offered by nonprofit support organizations.  I am pleased to offer you links to the five state-wide organizations in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest Nonprofit Support Organizations

Two Links to Valuable Downloadable PDFs

Two More Valuable Organizations

There are two organizations whose membership has proved of value to many leaders, particular those with a serious interest in board governance, and those who lead faith based organizations.  Both provide a blend of published resources, lifelong learning events, and online training opportunities.  You need not be a member of either to benefit, though both offer membership opportunities.


BoardSource: Building effective nonprofit boards


Christian Leadership Alliance: The lifelong learning resource for Christian leaders