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02
NOV
2018
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Make Sure Your Board Has An Annual Performance Check-up

We’re accustomed to taking our cars in for regular maintenance, to accompanying our kids to check-ups at the dentist, and scheduling haircuts with a certain amount of regularity. Both mechanical and organic systems require regular attention and maintenance. The nonprofit board is... Read More →
09
SEP
2018
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It’s Getting to Be That Time of Year-Board Recruitment

At this time of year, many boards appoint their nominating committees to identify and recruit new board members. Being thoughtful and strategic in recruiting new members helps ensure that the board has the necessary skills and community connections to strengthen t... Read More →
08
AUG
2018
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The Board’s Role in HR Governance

Nonprofit boards take various approaches to the role they play in the organization’s human resource (HR) activities. Some boards adopt a complete hands-off approach to the organization’s HR activities, while others expect full participation in the hiring of staff positions... Read More →
12
JUL
2018

The Importance of Balanced Board and Staff Leadership

Nonprofit leadership requires a healthy partnership between the board and its chief executive. Organizations benefit from active, engaged board leadership coupled with a chief executive with strong leadership skills. Too often, however, the leadership in nonprofit organizations... 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 →
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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