Governance Gal™ is your one stop for all things governance and best practices related to non-profits, especially associations and societies. Here you will find a blog, templates, booklets, and how you can book Governance Gal to come facilitate or teach at your next event.

Hello and welcome!

My name is Marie Stravlo. Over my 14+ year career, I’ve worked with thousands of volunteers; Those who generously give of their time, talents, and resources to make our world a better place to be. During my tenure leading volunteers, I’ve learned that volunteers who have been selected for a leadership position (ie chairs, directors, and officers) in a non-profit come from for-profit leadership positions in their professional lives. The skillsets they bring from their professional leadership roles is invaluable and a great attribute, but the non-profit sector is its own world when it comes to governance and compliance. That can be an overwhelming feeling and that is why I developed this site with the volunteer leader in mind! Here you will find resources that will break down governance in layman’s terms. For example, a secretary will find that the blog article and free template about how to take minutes make them look like a pro from day one! I also cover hot topics such COVID’s affect on volunteer engagement; a top-of-mind topic for president’s, nominating committees, and executive staff as of late.  

Speaking of executive staff, they will find this website helpful to them in that they can point their volunteers here for best practices and templates to generally orient them to their role. My goal in 2023 is to develop resources and blog articles that are specific to staff challenges and opportunities in leading non-profits. So please stay tuned!

I developed Governance Gal in the Fall of 2021, so it’s a work in progress. If you have any topics that you’d like me to cover in my blog or a resource/template that you’d like to have developed, please reach out to me at Marie@GovernanceGal.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Also, I am available to discuss topics specific to your organization such as your board orientations, strategic planning, policies, procedures bylaws, minute taking, and overall best practices. Schedule a 15 minute consult with me today!

I’m just a gal who is a geek about governance! I love to talk shop, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me.



Governance Gal Specializes in

  • Board Orientations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Bylaw Development, Amendments, and Compliance
  • Board Retreats
  • Policy & Procedures: Development, Revisions, and Compliance
  • Nominations and Elections
  • Non-Dues Revenue
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement Strategies
  • Member Retention

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