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...]

Why Your Nonprofit Board Is Not a Priority to Some of Your Board Members

A friend of mine was telling me that she wants to step off a board she joined this past fall. Two months in, that is a bad sign. I also know that she has happily served on another nonprofit’s board for 6 years – that is quite a contrast. And one worth exploring. Why does she perceive one board as … [Read more...]

Capital Campaign Success – Should You Measure Dollars or Donors?

We are often asked, which is more important - participation or the total amount raised before we “go public”? This is not surprising – no organization would want to take on a large-scale project without the support of the community but no new building or renovations could come to fruition unless the … [Read more...]

Attention Board Members: 2 of 3 W’s Is Not Enough

Last week, in a meeting with a prospective board member, the valuable prospect was surprised at the minimum I had mentioned as the suggested donation for her to join the board. In the past, nonprofits had said that as long as she was giving 2 of the the three W’s – Wisdom and Work, she often wasn’t … [Read more...]