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06
MAY
2015
Aging Support Group

Supporting the Chief Executive

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. One of the responsibilities of the nonprofit board is to support the organization’s chief executive. The board’s chair may end up doing much of this work, but it creates a stronger organization when there is a board... Read More →
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11
MAR
2015
Regenia Bailey outside big smile original color

Governance, management and the area in between

The post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. As appealing as it is to think that there are hard and fast rules, the line between nonprofit governance and management is not fixed. Beyond the board of directors’ legal requirements and responsibilities, the roles of the... Read More →
04
MAR
2015
Thinking about the year ahead

New resolutions for your nonprofit board

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. I’m not going to suggest that your board should resolve to eat healthier, exercise more or cut back on its drinking this year, although all are laudable goals. I am going to suggest, however, that your organization tap... Read More →
28
JAN
2015
Regenia Bailey outside photo2 original color

The unnatural focus on overhead costs in nonprofits

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. We’d never expect our public works departments to routinely repair our streets using shovels and wheelbarrows or our businesses to use manual credit card machines and typewriters to process customer payments. Yet, in many... Read More →
14
JAN
2015
Regenia Bailey flipchart

Now a good time to plan, perform housekeeping

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. The themes of planning and change are frequent topics at this time of year. Whether it’s the start of your organization’s fiscal year or not, these early days of January are a great time for reviewing the past year,... Read More →
03
DEC
2014
Regenia Bailey outside photo original color

Is ‘Iowa nice’ holding back your board?

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. I’m a proud native Iowan. I appreciate our state’s topography, our first-in-the-nation caucus status and the friendliness with which we generally treat one another. However, our natural politeness and discomfort with... Read More →
19
NOV
2014
Regenia Bailey whiteboard

The board and the budget

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. This is the time of year when many nonprofit boards develop their annual budgets. Managing an organization’s financial resources is a fundamental board responsibility and creating a budget is a part of this work.... Read More →
05
NOV
2014

Defining the role of the board chair

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. High-functioning organizations have strong co-leadership between the executive director who oversees the management of the organization and the board of directors, which oversees the direction and vision of the... Read More →
31
OCT
2014

Do your board meetings need a makeover?

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Outside of the few wonkish people who really enjoy board meetings, these events aren’t usually very sexy or exciting. They’re often filled with overly detailed minutes of previous meetings, bewildering financials and... Read More →
30
SEP
2014
Regenia Bailey Talking

The power of advocacy

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Nonprofit organizations play important roles in communities as experts in their areas of service. It is therefore problematic when nonprofit organizations shy away from advocacy and policy work. Admittedly, a nonprofit... Read More →