Eight years ago, I wrote the first version of "Welcome to the Board" as a training handout for participant's in LLA's first 'Get on Board' - board member recruiting event. Theresa Rhodes at LLA was kind enough to cover the copying costs for me. It was a family project to fold and staple 100 booklets. Unexpectedly, the new board members who took those booklets back to their boards prompted orders "for every board member" and we were in the publishing business.
Over the following two years, I wrote three more short booklets, "Finance for Every Board Member", "Fund Raising for Every Board Member", and "Planning for Every Board Member" with the same intention, to make board information accessible to expanding numbers of new board members. We wrapped all four titles under the label of "Too Rushed to Read" to further convey the short length.
Since that time we have sold more than 25,000 copies, total, of these four booklets - probably in every state. We have sold them in sample packs of one of each title and we have sold them by the hundreds for conferences and even university classes, but we have mainly sold them 10-20-30 at a time to nonprofits who use them as they recruit and/or train new board members or work to expand the perspectives of longer term board members.
As part of Charitable Advisors continued evolution, we see much of this type of information moving on-line and will be exploring options to develop our next generation of training and education. Right now, we have just over 1,000 booklets left in inventory and all four titles but we know that some titles will run out before others.
Save 20% plus get a FREE Training CD and Facilitator Guide, while they last!
I guess I am old school, but I still like to hold books in my hands and know many of your current and future board members feel the same way. We want to clear off our shelves and give you a chance to purchase them at a good price - only $4-5 a copy. Go to: http://www.charitableadvisors.com/ordercdbooklets.html and enter code "Promo7" and then hit apply and it will show a 20% discount on everything you purchase on that page. With each order, we will also include a free Training CD and Facilitator Guide, a $55 value.
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions at Bryan@CharitableAdvisors.com.
Bryan Orander, President
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