Carole Rylander

Rylander Associates

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2016

About Carole

Carole inspires and engages nonprofit leadership to maximize mission impact by strengthening governance, fund development and planning practices.  

She has in-depth experience assisting a wide variety of boards with effective:

  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Self-assessments
  • Best practices 
  • Culture
  • Recruitment
  • Engagement
  • Meeting practices
  • Committee structures
  • Bylaw recommendations

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Carole has expertise with:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Capital campaigns
  • Annual and major gift campaigns
  • Case for support development
  • Development audits
  • Development staff coaching

As a trained facilitator, Carole:

  • Customizes strategic, fund development and action planning processes
  • Assists organizations in drafting mission, vision, & values statements
  • Designs customized meetings to assist board and staff members in solving unique problems  

A frequent speaker, Carole:

  • Draws on more than 30 years of service in the nonprofit sector to benefit board and staff members with highly-rated workshops.  

Carole has worked with a wide range of nonprofits, from small organizations with budgets in the tens of thousands to large organizations with budgets in the tens of millions.  In addition, her experience includes all types of organizations – from the arts, corporations, education and faith communities, to grantmaking organizations, government, health, human services, nonprofit management and professional associations. For more information visit

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Dallas, Texas

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership, Fundraising, Founder transitions, Governance structures, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Advocacy organizations, Associations, Founder-led organizations, Religiously-affiliated organizations, Small-budget organizations, Social justice organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs