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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 →
01
JUN
2018
red peonies blooming

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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
10
DEC
2014
Regenia Bailey Talking

Philanthropy makes good business sense

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Running and managing a nonprofit is a challenging proposition because it’s a business model reliant, to a greater or lesser degree, upon human generosity. And there’s no time of year when this is more apparent than it is... 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 →
07
DEC
2012

Characteristics of an Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors

  Today I presented a workshop (“Building Effective Boards and Committees”) at United Way of Mahaska County to a group of nonprofit leaders. The presentation started with this list of the characteristics of an effective board: Mission-Driven The board comes... Read More →