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The worst results yet and tips to avoid them

The worst results yet and tips to avoid them

Experienced board members and a few new ones attended a workshop on being effective in their roles. After refreshing their knowledge about why governing matters to their nonprofit and how boards have potential for significant positive impact, I asked: “Are your skills, talents, gifts, connections etc. that are relevant to your board service being fully utilized 100%?” Here’s what I learned . . .

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The Working Board Myth

The Working Board Myth

“We have a working board,” a board member tells me. This is intended to let me know that, somehow, this board is different from other boards and they are all volunteers doing a lot of work. Let’s revisit that: “This board is different from other boards, we are all volunteers, and we are doing a lot of work.” How is this different from your board? I bet it isn’t. That’s why it is the Working Board Myth.

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Voices of Board Chairs

Voices of Board Chairs

The report of the first ever national study that gathered the perspectives of nonprofit board chairs has been released. I am privileged to have been part of the research team conducting the study which was done by the Governance Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. The report, Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs, reflects the voices of 635 nonprofit board chairs from across the United States. The study is a first step in hearing directly from board chairs about their experiences and perceptions, highlighting the importance of the board chairs and also the significant dearth of research about them.

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Resources Flowing to Your Nonprofit: Boards Can Help!

Resources Flowing to Your Nonprofit: Boards Can Help!

Isn’t the holiday season wonderful? People are so generous and thoughtful. In fact, the Network for Good Online Giving Study* found one third of all online giving happens in December. What surprised me, though, was that two thirds of the December online giving occurs December 30-31st!
But . . . what about the rest of the year?

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3 Tips For Coping With Change for Nonprofit Executives and Leaders

3 Tips For Coping With Change for Nonprofit Executives and Leaders

As a nonprofit leader you are dealing with change all the time. Today I was listening to several executive directors share the impact on them personally of having to make changes related to budget realities as they start their new fiscal years. Considering their comments and my own experience, I have three tips for coping with change to share with you.

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Nonprofit Executives and Board Members: Executive Session Guidelines

Nonprofit Executives and Board Members: Executive Session Guidelines

Behind closed doors? Last time we talked about how executive directors can feel shut out when their boards have executive sessions without them. I pointed out that there is not agreement about whether or not boards should have these sessions. When executive directors and their boards establish and follow a good process and clear guidelines trust is built and concerns are mitigated. Here are some things to consider when thinking about executive sessions.

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