Many nonprofits employ advisory councils — a collection of individuals who advise and support the governance work of the board or the management tasks carried out by staff.
- They can provide you with specialized expertise that may be lacking in your nonprofit.
- Their members can be ambassadors to your community and connect you to a greater constituency.
- They can perform important duties, such as fundraising, advocacy, and program evaluation.
- Their members can be candidates to fill future board seats.
Well-conceived and well-executed advisory councils can be very beneficial.