The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles

by Jean Block


The key to a healthy nonprofit organization is a harmonious board-staff relationship. Easier said than done! The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles is a fun, upbeat, and down-to-earth manual that walks you through the process of clarifying the roles of the board and staff.

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  • Clarify who governs the organization and what that means.
  • Establish clear lines for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Communicate with the staff, board and leaders in a well-defined, healthy way.
  • Use the author’s management guidance, key responsibility lists and Invisible Yellow Line test to open up communication and avoid potential conflicts.


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About the Author

Jean Block began her nonprofit career when she was thirteen years old, raising money through a backyard carnival for CARE. She was hooked. She has served as board leader, chief executive, and development director for several local, regional, and national nonprofits. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on nonprofit management, board governance, fundraising, and social enterprise through her two consulting firms, Jean Block Consulting Inc. and Social Enterprise Ventures LLC. She is the author of several books on nonprofit subjects. Find out more at

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