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Frank Martinelli

Frank Martinelli is a contributing author of the new book, YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, just published by CharityChannel Press. Frank has more than 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training, where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 more than 35,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank’s practical, results-oriented training and consultation.

Frank served as a member of the national faculty of The Learning Institute – a joint venture of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations, PBS, United Way of America and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, designed to deliver training through a range of emerging technologies. The Learning Institute faculty and partners were the recipients of the American Distance Education Consortium Award for the “Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series.” Frank has provided training and consultation to more than 2,000 organizations in the US, including Peace Corps, Head Start, The Points of Light Foundation, Association of Volunteer Administration, the American Camping Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Committee, American Lung Association and others. From 1981-1992, Frank served as coordinator of THE RESOURCE CENTER, a major provider of training to nonprofit groups in southeastern Wisconsin.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an M.S. in Urban Affairs, Frank has done numerous workshops on nonprofit management topics with special emphasis on the leadership roles of the Board of Directors. Frank has written extensively about the management of nonprofit organizations and is a contributing author to the New Directions publication by Jossey-Bass, Small Nonprofits: Strategies for Fund Raising Success. Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog, offering his reflections on strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

He has been trained by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation in the use of the Organizational Self-Assessment Tool. Frank has completed the Advanced Board Consultant Training Program offered by BoardSource. Frank has also completed the Distance Education Professional Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin and is presently developing a number of web-based and other distance learning offerings for nonprofits.


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