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Executive Directors and Board Chairs:  How can you be “Better Together”?

Executive Directors and Board Chairs: How can you be “Better Together”?

A new executive director is struggling with a board chair who acts like, but doesn’t admit, that he wishes he was in her position. A board president is frustrated because the executive director is very defensive whenever feedback is given. A long-time executive director believes his board chair has no confidence in him because she keeps telling him what to do and how to do it. Everything suffers, or is at best mediocre, when this partnership is not optimal.

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Nonprofit board members and executives: Giving vs generosity

Nonprofit board members and executives: Giving vs generosity

We are entering the “season of giving.” Statements like “It is better to give than to receive” abound. Holiday traditions warm our hearts: turkey and trimmings, baking cookies, mistletoe, caroling etc. I read an article by Suzie Orman (Success December issue) this morning and, while her advice focused on giving and spending money during this season, I was struck by how it applies to nonprofit executive directors and board members. See what you think.

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Nonprofit board members and executives: What is lobbying?

Nonprofit board members and executives: What is lobbying?

At a meeting with several executive directors this past week, an interesting question came up now that Fall, and thus election season is upon us. Can (or should) an executive director (ED) endorse a candidate? While the consensus was that an ED should not endorse a candidate as the ED of his/her nonprofit, the views were mixed about whether or not it would be OK to endorse “personally.” The challenge for some EDs is how to extricate their personal and professional identities from each other. This led to a broader discussion of nonprofits and lobbying.

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