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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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17
MAY
2016

Build a Culture of Philanthropy and Get off the Fundraising Gerbil Wheel

Building a culture of philanthropy at your organization can help you get off the gerbil wheel of chasing the dollar and not feeling good about it. Successful nonprofit organizations understand that development—aka fundraising—is not a position or a project or a department—it’s... Read More →
01
FEB
2016

The Importance of Your Board’s Culture

We’ve all heard Drucker’s quote dozens of times—“culture eats strategy for lunch.” This doesn’t mean that culture is more important than strategy, but is a cautionary note that for an organization to be effective, its leaders must be as attentive to developing a positive... Read More →
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18
NOV
2015

Before You Say Yes

Serving as a board member takes your relationship with an organization to the next level. Whether you have worked with dozens of nonprofits or are contemplating service on your first board, vetting an organization before joining its board can make a difference in how well that... Read More →
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