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Would you like to have an engaged and effective board?
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We both know that there are real challenges to building an effective board. Challenges like:

  • engaging board members,
  • attracting people with time and connections you need,
  • getting the board to fundraise and
  • having them understand their role versus yours.

You have a lot on your plate and sometimes it feels like your board takes up too much of your time for too little return.

I totally understand; I’ve been an executive like you. And for the past 18 years I’ve been helping non-profit organizations unleash the full potential of their boards. I bet there isn’t a challenge you are facing that I haven’t dealt with in some way. I can help. Let’s talk.

Together we will:
Clarify the vision of what’s possible with your board.
Identify action steps to address the challenges to that vision being a reality.

Dorsey Moore
CEO, San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School

In a very short period of time, Mary got us organized, aligned, and in action. She really listened to us and let us drive the process. Our engagement was productive, focused, and ultimately got us where we wanted to go. Her experience in the industry with multiple types of organizations helped present multiple options and methods for resolving our issues. By asking key questions, Mary really helped us think through the issues to answer our questions without telling us what to do. Mary helped us complete our strategic plan and set us up for success with our Board. Mary’s training created clarity about board member roles and responsibilities, governance, and optimal engagement.

Diana Canant
CEO & Founder, Ardicare Foundation

It was a pleasure to work with Mary. She was attentive to my needs and she delivered. I’m new to the nonprofit world and have felt extremely challenged in my position of leadership in an organization I established. My understanding of nonprofits and my confidence has been significantly boosted by working with Mary. I now have clarity on the many aspects of running a nonprofit, such as raising funds, engaging the board, writing a strategic plan, and the priorities
of a nonprofit leader. Mary helped me shift my attention to thing things that matter and get more grounded as the CEO. Thank you so much, Mary, for your diligence, expertise, and skilled support.

Sometimes all this technology can make everything feel a little impersonal.

I want you to know that I am a real person behind this website and I care about your goals, needs, and progress.

If you would like to connect for a complementary consultation, so I can learn more about you and your board and we can explore how I can best support you, please go here.

If you need my direct assistance or if you would like to contact me about a speaking or training engagement, please use the form below.

You can also contact me at 408-324-4814 or email me directly at mary@hilandconsulting.org.

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What Clients Say

Mary helped us create a streamlined strategic planning process and facilitated our decision making.

We wanted an external person with non-profit experience to help us create a streamlined strategic planning process and facilitate our decision making. Mary helped us kick start the process and provided experienced guidance throughout. Her clear approach made it easier to stay on track. Especially helpful were her wealth of experience and upbeat demeanor. The result was a three year strategic plan for Kara, extending our mission impact in the community. I don’t hesitate to recommend Mary to other nonprofits.

Linda Aronson

Board Vice President, Kara

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