The Role of the Executive Director in Nonprofit Governance

Managing relationships among lay leadership and staff. Navigating the relationships between senior staff and lay leadership is critical to mission driven work and seamless operations.  We believe this so strongly that we even wrote a book about it.  You can get your own copy—either electronic or … [Read more...]

A Passion for What You Do – Nonprofit Edition

Last week I went to a conference where I saw phenomenal speakers. The list included Michelle Obama, Billie Jean King, Selina Tobaccowala, Brit Marling, Issa Rae, Mario Batali and Andy Cohen. The topics ranged from the experience of being the former FLOTUS (or former first spouse as she likes to be … [Read more...]

A Lesson for Nonprofit Boards and Executive Directors from Uber

The fact that Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has resigned is a major headline this week.  The CEO, has been under fire for what the New York Times reported. “The company has been exposed this year as having a workplace culture that included sexual harassment and discrimination, and it has pushed the … [Read more...]

New Board Member Time?

At this time of year, many organizations say good-bye to some board members and welcome their replacements. Some of you are thinking, “Our out-going board members can never really be replaced,” others are looking forward to the change, “Yes! We need some fresh blood in here. How quickly can the new … [Read more...]

Why He Joined This Board (AKA The Importance of Time, Talent, and Treasure)

I was in a meeting recently promoting 100% board participation in the annual fund when a board member stated, in no uncertain terms, that the board benefits from his expertise, he doesn’t also have to give financially. He doesn't believe you have to give time, talent, and treasure. I can think of … [Read more...]

Should You Keep Someone On Your Nonprofit Board For Their Name?

As we have been promoting the eBook (and now soft cover version on Amazon), How You Can Engage New Board Members, a few questions have surfaced as trends across nonprofits. One such issue is whether to keep - even if it is a name that is well known? If you are still reading this article, then … [Read more...]

Who Is A Better Nonprofit Leader? The Strategic Thinker Or Worker Bee?

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. But at times I think leadership - especially fundraising volunteer leadership comes in two stereotypes so I will pose the question, who is a better nonprofit leader?  The Strategic Thinker or the Worker Bee? The Worker Bee is always in attendance at … [Read more...]

What Your Pop-Up Nonprofit Nominating and Governance Committee Will Miss

Or, turning that around, why YOU need a standing nonprofit nominating and governance committee Many nonprofits create pop-up/ adhoc nominating committees a month or two before they have their annual meeting to determine new board members. And while this is a common practice - this is NOT Best … [Read more...]

Successful Capital Vampaigns Enhance Nonprofit Leadership Development

Successful capital campaigns not only raise money but also help...enhance nonprofit leadership development A friend—the executive director of a wonderful residential camp—called me to invite me for lunch recently. I am always happy to see her and welcomed the opportunity to reconnect. We had … [Read more...]

Making the Ask: Third Point in a Cycle of Life-Long Giving—Part 2

A Four-Stage Plan for Major Donor Cultivation for the Annual Fund When people think about making the ask or engaging another to do a solicitation for the organization on whose board they sit, they procrastinate most often when they contemplate making an appointment to meet face-to-face, the only … [Read more...]