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Spend Time Engaging Your Board.
Not Managing It.

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Turn-Key Board Manuals

Orientation, Training & Education

Foundation board and development council members are essential allies in advancing  philanthropy.  Yet, many leadership volunteers say they don’t have the information and tools needed to proactively and confidently engage.  

That’s why Accordant developed a substantive and attractive board manual specifically to support and educate board leaders.   The board manual not only features best and emerging practice in board governance but also provides context around industry trends, issues and data that impact the board’s and organization’s work.  


You can also have confidence in the quality and relevance of the content written by one of the industry’s leading experts on foundation board governance, Betsy Chapin Taylor, FAHP.  Beyond the content, each version is packed with beautiful and inspiring imaging and is printed on a high quality, heavy stock paper with a matte finish and perfect bound.


The manual can be delivered in a range of standard or custom formats to fit your board’s unique content and development needs, to reflect your organizational branding or to fit your budget.  

The manual supports health foundation boards, development councils, committees, community boards, executive leadership and more.  This approachable, one-hour read strengthens engagement and supports a culture for philanthropy.

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Three Options to Meet Your Need & Budget


The 2023 health care edition of this 8.5 x 11, 68-page, perfect bound manual covers:

  • The Financial Rationale for Health Philanthropy

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Foundation Board or Development Council 

  • The Unique Influence of Board Members in Advancing Philanthropy 

  • Acknowledging Potential Discomfort in the Role

  • Aligning with Your Superpowers and Preferences

  • Making a Personal Financial Commitment

  • Tapping Into the Power of Purpose 

  • Optimizing the Impact of the Health Foundation

  • Advancing Strategically Aligned Funding Priorities

  • Crafting a Compelling Case for Support

  • Embracing Our Core Constituency 




Starter package includes 25 books with 5 book add-on packs available for $500/


This 72-page manual covers topics in the basic manual, plus these customizations:

  • Tailor governance section based on organization type: 501(c)(3) public charity, 501(c)(3) supporting organization or hospital development department 

  • Tailor copy based on organization advancing a hospital, health system, academic medicine, hospice/home care or medical research organization

  • Choose a cover image to reflect your local community or region

  • Highlight your organizational logo on the cover and select interior pages

  • Include references to your facility and community in the main body copy 

  • Feature a custom welcome letter with leader photo and logo

  • Spotlight your organization’s mission, vision and values 

  • Update copy on closing page photo spread


Includes 20 copies / $55 per additional printed copy

 $1,875 for each additional site in the same system. 

Turnaround time: up to 6 weeks 

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This up to 80-page manual includes customizations available in the tailored option, plus: 

  • Choose from a library of topics, sidebars and tools to create your custom manual

  • Have up to two brand new topics or tools created for use in your manual  

  • Switch up to 10 standard images to organization or community images 

  • Use up to eight pages for organization-provided written content, such as 

    • Profile of the supported health care organization 

    • Overview of campaign or annual funding priorities 

    • Overview of the foundation’s strategic goals and objectives

    • Board membership roster / board profiles 

    • Patient / donor / board member / clinician feature stories 

    • Other content or topics of the organization’s choosing

  • Consider option to customize back cover with photo, copy, QR code, etc.



Includes 20 copies / $55 per additional printed copy

 $2.500 for each additional site in the same system. 

Turnaround time: up to 10 weeks 

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Stay Current: 

Ensure your customized manual continues to reflect the latest data and industry trends. Get the 2024 manual for an update fee of $2,500 to include 20 copies ($55 for additional copies).  No additional licensing fees when renewing annually.  Updated manuals will be available each January.  Upgrade from one customization level to the next by paying just the difference between the current and desired customization level.

Looking for More from Your Board? Consider Our Annual BoardAdvance Membership

A BoardAdvance membership provides 24/7 access to education, discussions, tools, templates and guides to elevate the impact of health foundation boards and development councils.  Members can access an ever-expanding library of thought leadership packed with provocative insights and innovative ideas as well as practical and actionable tools to elevate board performance.  


Content is delivered in a range of formats from high quality, virtual and on-demand education and facilitated discussions as well as downloadable printed materials.   Tailored member resources exist for board audiences as well as philanthropy executives.  All core resources are available for a single, flat-rate, annual membership investment per site.  


Offerings are led and created by board governance expert Betsy Chapin Taylor and Accordant principals.

Orientation, Training & Education
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