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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 →
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 →
06
FEB
2017

Leading Your Organization in a Changing Environment

Change is a constant. In our current environment, this may feel even more evident to you and your organization. While many take a ‘wait and see’ approach in times of great uncertainty, I encourage you to be more proactive. Have a Plan First, you need a strategic plan. Without a... Read More →
05
JAN
2017

Planning an Effective Board Retreat

A retreat provides the opportunity to step away from the ‘meeting as usual’ approach to address larger organizational issues. This could mean developing a strategic plan, determining an annual work plan, or having a strategic discussion about the organization’s programming mix... Read More →
01
DEC
2016

After They’re Gone: Maintaining Your Organization’s Relationships with Former Board Members

Relationships are hard. They take time, they require attention, and typically, they call for a little bit of patience and understanding. After that kind of investment in your relationships with board members, why throw it all away when a member leaves your board? For many... Read More →
25
JUL
2016

Encouraging Board Meeting Attendance

Summer, beautiful summer. With vacations, family activities, and seasonal distractions, board meeting attendance may dip during summer months. This can be a challenge, since the work of most organizations doesn’t take a summer break. How can you encourage attendance when board... Read More →
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