Building a diverse, healthy, and engaged board.


September 21, 2023 – Episode # 106

Strengthening Nonprofit Boards through Thoughtful Partnerships and Inclusive Practices featuring Christal Cherry

A nonprofit board serves as the lifeblood of the organization, infusing it with a wealth of volunteerism, connections, and diverse expertise, ranging from legal matters to accounting acumen. These dedicated individuals assist executive directors in making financially prudent choices and oversee operations in a manner that best serves the organization’s programs, mission, impact, and donor relations.

However, it’s not uncommon to encounter challenges. Phrases like “My Board lacks engagement,” or “My Board Members aren’t actively fundraising,” echo through the nonprofit sphere. Unrealized expectations can lead to a rupture in trust, potentially stalling the mission’s progress.

When it comes to board relationships, Christal Cheery is a seasoned expert, having encountered a wide array of situations in her extensive experience. As the Principal and CEO at The Board Pro, she is dedicated to assisting nonprofit leaders in establishing boards that ensure long-term viability and prosperity. Christal firmly believes in the profound impact of healthy board dynamics. She emphasizes the need for passionate, capable, and well-prepared leaders who have the potential to enact transformative change through their board service.

Through her consulting work, Christal adeptly guides individuals in shifting their beliefs, behaviors, and approaches concerning board service and leadership. Tune into this episode of Raise Nation Radio where Christal delves into the complexities and hurdles of board dynamics. Offering candid insights, she engages in an open discussion about innovative approaches and shifts in mindset that can greatly enhance board relationships.

This episode covers:

  • Seed, Water, Bloom.
  • Adopt practices rooted in ethical governance, effective recruitment, and equitable policies.
  • Design an exceptional board onboarding experience.
  • Foster a sense of belonging and commitment to the organization.
  • Explore philanthropy through a DEIB lens.

Connect with Christal on Linked In: Christal Cherry or visit: The Board Pro

Related Reading and Resources