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Board Member’s Handbook

Board Members Handbook

8-1/2" x 11", softcover, 57 pages,
National Trust Main Street Center,
Pack of 5, $50.

Table of Contents

Read Chapter 2: Starting a Program


A strong, viable organization is essential for successful downtown revitalization.

The Board Member’s Handbook was created to help fledgling groups organize for action and established groups orient new board members and hone their skills.

Like all of the books created by the National Main Street Center, Board Member’s Handbook provides a step-by-step approach and includes a wealth of sample forms, documents, and checklists, to help your board:

  • Gain wide-spread support for the revitalization process from both the public and private sector
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Create comprehensive work plans
  • Recruit and develop an active board of directors and committee members
  • Ensure an adequate operating budget with dependable sources of funding
  • Document and report on key statistics and accomplishments.

Table of Contents

Starting a downtown revitalization program
Who benefits from a revitalized commercial district?
Organizational structures for revitalization programs
Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizational categories
Starting a new Main Street Program
Benchmarking success
Typical sources of income and expense
Structuring a downtown revitalization program
Board of directors
Advisory board
Executive director
Charging dues: The pros and cons of membership organizations
Roles and responsibilities
Board of directors
Executive director
Conflict of interest
Managing the executive director
Hiring a director
Putting the executive director in business
Managing and retaining your director
Firing an executive director
Board effectiveness
Leadership development
Reducing and resolving conflict
Running effective meetings
Annual work plan

Your Guarantee of Satisfaction

Board Member’s Handbook is guaranteed. If you are not 100% satisfied, you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.

About the Author

Board Member’s Handbook was written by a team of experts from the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C.


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