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Nonprofits

08
AUG
2018
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The Board’s Role in HR Governance

Nonprofit boards take various approaches to the role they play in the organization’s human resource (HR) activities. Some boards adopt a complete hands-off approach to the organization’s HR activities, while others expect full participation in the hiring of staff positions... Read More →
12
JUL
2018

The Importance of Balanced Board and Staff Leadership

Nonprofit leadership requires a healthy partnership between the board and its chief executive. Organizations benefit from active, engaged board leadership coupled with a chief executive with strong leadership skills. Too often, however, the leadership in nonprofit organizations... Read More →
01
JUN
2018
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Improving Board Member Engagement

I frequently hear concerns from board leaders and nonprofit executives about lack of board member engagement in their organizations. Details range from poor meeting attendance to failure to participate in committee work, events, or fundraising. While every board faces its... Read More →
08
APR
2018

Using Executive Sessions with Your Board

The executive session, a meeting of the board without staff present, provides the opportunity for the board to have frank, confidential discussions and exercise its independence from staff. It’s a powerful tool to strengthen the board’s sense of itself as a governing body, but... Read More →
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12
MAR
2018

The Board’s Financial Oversight Responsibility

The majority of people on nonprofit boards serve because of the organization’s programs, its role in the community, or a personal involvement or connection to the organization’s mission or cause. Few come to the board table with a burning desire to understand the organization’s... Read More →
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06
OCT
2017
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Fall Tasks for Your Organization: Plan Now for Success in the Upcoming Year

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall.  Kids have settled into their school routines,  we can get pumpkin spice in everything, and with each day, the sun rises a little later and sets a little earlier. For most nonprofit organizations, fall is a time of events, year-end... Read More →
04
AUG
2017
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Is Your Organization Ready for the New Financial Reporting Standards?

For some, thinking about changes in financial reporting standards for nonprofit organizations can make sleepy summer days even sleepier; for the first time in twenty-four years, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has released a major update to nonprofit accounting... Read More →
10
MAY
2017
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The Importance of Nonprofit Advocacy

We depend upon nonprofit organizations to be part of the community building equation. From addressing challenging issues like hunger and affordable housing to providing activities such as arts festivals and youth sports, we turn to the nonprofit sector to contribute to our... Read More →
05
APR
2017

Do Board Members Need To Do Fundraising?

I’m frequently asked if nonprofit board members need to do fundraising.  My short answer is always, “yes,” which often elicits a look of horror or resignation from the person asking. Fundraising is challenging. Few people have a natural affinity for it, and yet, it is a... Read More →
03
MAR
2017

The unique work of the board of an all-volunteer organization

Our seven county Creative Corridor is home to over three thousand registered nonprofit organizations. Most of these are small and rely upon volunteers, rather than paid staff, to manage the organizations. Some intend to remain all-volunteer organizations; others are seeking to... Read More →