Master Class in Board Management

Every nonprofit consultant confronts issues involving the Board of Directors, Some issues impact their work directly. Others may affect another aspect of the health of the organization.  We have all heard something like one of the following:

  • This is a great financial management system but I can’t get the Finance Committee to meet to review it.
  • I can’t work on this right now because I have to prepare for a Board meeting that will result in a long list of to-dos for me and the staff.
  • The Chair, who has been in that position for ten years, does not believe that board members should be “begging for money.”
  • Making the changes you are suggesting would be great, but we have board members who have been with the organization since the founding who insist that anything new is “not the way we do things.”

I am offering a Master Class in Board Management for nonprofit consultants to develop the skills and confidence to expand their practices to address board management challenges. This interactive workshop series will share the problem solving strategies and tools I have developed from having worked with more than 150 organizations and having trained hundreds of potential board candidates.

Every problem is solvable. It may not be able to be confronted head-on but there is always a side door. Consultants with nonprofit experience can develop the skills and tools to help their clients address board management challenges.


Workshop topics may include:

  • Strategies for determining the authority of the Board and of Management
  • Defining and managing the work of the board committees
  • Clarifying the authority and responsibilities of the Executive Committee
  • Board engagement in outreach, fundraising and learning
  • Recruitment beyond the circle of the current board
  • Board leadership succession planning
  • Holding productive board meetings


  • Five bi weekly Zoom workshops at a cost of $500 for the series. The workshop will be limited to five consultants
  • There will be Introductory call to determine participant interests and specific issues
  • Availability of templates and articles I have developed that have proven to be effective
  • We will work together on identifying strategies for how to drive change, not on what Boards “should” do


If this interests you, email , with a brief statement of why this workshop might enhance your practice and an example of a board management issue you have seen. Attach a bio or cv.

I will select participants with diverse experience for this series to maximize cross-learning.

My bio and the link to my web site are below:

Consulting practice

Michael Davidson is a consultant specializing in nonprofit board development, management support, leadership transition, and executive coaching for nonprofit managers.  He has over 30 years experience in nonprofit board and managerial leadership and has provided board training and retreat facilitation for more than 150 nonprofit organizations, enabling them to translate passion for the mission into effective leadership strategies.  For more details, see:

Professional Affiliations

He is the former Chair of Governance Matters, designed and led the Board Candidate Training for the Board Serve NYC program of the United Way of New York City, is a member of the Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards and is the lead NYC trainer for the Board Lead program of Cause Strategy. He is also a member of the faculty of the Adelphi University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.


He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, an Assistant District Attorney and an attorney in private practice. He holds a BS in mathematics from New York State University College on Long Island, a JD from Columbia Law School and an M. Phil in Anthropology from Yale University.