Can Nonprofits Turn Previous Failures Into Future Success?

Listen to any conference speaker, self-help guru or tech entrepreneur and you are sure to hear about their failures. Of course, they are speaking because they turned their failures into lessons that helped them succeed. Can you imagine going to a funder and telling them that you had to close down … [Read more...]

How Many Solicitors Does Your Nonprofit Need? Look at Your Solicitor Pool

If you are considering how many solicitors you need, you probably don’t have enough. You are probably relying on the Executive Director, a development staff member or two, and/or a few key board members. And, maybe that has worked for the past few years. But you are only one resignation away from a … [Read more...]

Dealing With Disruptive Board Member(s)

Two organizations with which we have been working have very similar concerns.  At each nonprofit, there is at least one board member who is disruptive to meetings. And both have leadership that want that to change. The Disruptive Board Member(s) Based on a board member’s personal approach—often … [Read more...]

A Guide to Powering Up your Board Member Recruitment

Let me start by saying that before you focus on board member recruitment, you need a standing committee on governance and leadership development. If you don't, read this or this first. OK, now we are on the same page and everyone understands the importance of a standing committee on governance … [Read more...]

Say Goodbye to a Board Member Without Saying Goodbye

A close friend, Alex, told me an all-too-common, disheartening story about a nonprofit board she left a few years ago. She was a founding member of a small nonprofit’s board of directors. She was an active volunteer, and one of their major donors, for two terms before deciding it was time to step … [Read more...]

What Would You Do With 1,000 New Donors?

Imagine if an article about your nonprofit started getting forwarded on Facebook. By a lot of people. Suddenly, you receive 1,000 new donations from 1,000 new donors. Seems like it would be a good problem, wouldn’t it? But, it would still be a problem.  In all likelihood, you could not accept, … [Read more...]

Download Effective Board Committee Checklist | 16 Questions to Effective Nonprofit Board Committees

Efficacy and nonprofit boards (and their committees) are not often in the same sentence.  Use this nonprofit committee effective board committee checklist to create a positive experience for your board and its committees. This will help you retain your volunteers as well as their donations. It will … [Read more...]

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. Click here to download a pdf of this checklist Directives: Do they: ___   Know what the function of the committee, what they are expected to oversee and what they should plan … [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...]