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Board Meetings

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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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 →
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 →
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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