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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 →
29
MAR
2016

Fundraising Questions that Every Board Should Ask

Ensuring adequate resources for an organization is a board responsibility. This naturally involves board oversight of fundraising. Although many of the fundraising activities will be conducted by staff, the board must provide leadership and direction for the organization’s... Read More →
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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 →
30
AUG
2015

Be an Ambassador for Your Organization

A version of this article first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Enhancing the public standing and promoting understanding of the organization are fundamental board member responsibilities, but beyond inviting friends and colleagues to the organization’s activities, it... Read More →
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01
JUN
2015

Making Your Organization’s Event More Than Special-Making It a Success

This first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. It seems that spring brings us an even greater number of nonprofit events—plant sales, 5Ks, galas, golf tournaments, and teas—with many including silent or live auctions as part of the event activities. Board members play a... Read More →
06
MAY
2015
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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
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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 →