Nonprofit Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Ensure Effective Board Committees

Whether your nonprofit has three committees, or ten, make sure they are all efficient and effective board committees. Directives: Do they: ___   Know what the function of the committee, what they are expected to oversee and what they should plan to achieve each year? ___   Create action … [Read more...]

How Do You Treat Former Board Members?

I have a pet peeve about this.  I do not understand why nonprofits do not treat former board members (FBM) as more than run-of-the-mill donors.  It seems to me that someone who has given their time and energy to your organization for 3, 6, or even 10 years is someone who should be cultivated more, … [Read more...]

Taking a Leadership Position? Start with the Right Habits

Quick question: If you are starting a new job and you want to start going to the gym again do you: Wait until you settle in, then figure out how gym time can fit into your schedule Start hitting the gym the first week of your new job, making both a bit harder (but, you are doing both) … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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...]

Should Everyone Be a Fundraiser?

Recently I ran a phonathon as the head of the fundraising committee. While this was not my first phonathon, I did learn a few things. Should everyone be a fundraiser? I know that many people do not want to make the calls or meet with people to ask for money. There are many other ways to … [Read more...]