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Executive Committees Beware!

Posted by Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip on Aug 18, 2016 1:37:04 PM

Simone Joyaux is coming for you! She feels strongly about executive committees. Do you agree with her arguments? Read on and weigh in. And then take a look at BoardSource’s recommended governance practice pertaining to executive committees that we present below.

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Topics: Executive Committee

Planning for the Future? Invest in Emerging Leaders

New and diverse perspectives matter—everyone knows that. What isn’t as clear is how to translate intent to incorporate new and diverse perspectives into a strategy for better decision making at the board level. In follow-up to a previous blog post I wrote about the importance of age diversity on...

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Topics: Emerging Leaders, Youth Diversity

Address the Need for Nonprofit Succession Planning

Posted by Robin Hindsman Stacia, Psy.D and Lita Pardi on Jul 27, 2016 1:49:43 PM

Succession plans do for nonprofits what wills or testaments do for us as individuals — they help us plan for our future. As a CEO, when you engage in succession planning, you’re thinking ahead to everything your successor and others will need to know and do to carry on the good work your...

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Topics: Succession Planning

Nine Lessons from a Nonprofit Advocacy Win

Posted by Danielle M. Henry on Jul 13, 2016 10:56:34 AM

I live in a community where we know each other by name, use Twitter to help each other's locate lost pets, and shovel each other’s sidewalks after storms. I feel blessed to have such a close-knit environment while still living in a large, often impersonal city like DC. I am passionate about my...

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Topics: The Board’s Role in Advocacy, Stand for Your Mission

Generative Governance: Making Sense of Problems through Critical Inquiry

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Jul 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Board meetings tend to remind me of sitcoms: a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home, workplace, or a boardroom, with laughable moments. There is usually a board member who lacks self-awareness (i.e. Kramer from Seinfeld), someone who has a very...

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Topics: meetings, Generative Governance

How to "Host" a Successful Board Meeting

Posted by Natalie Hanlon on Jun 29, 2016 11:36:31 AM

The board meeting was only at the 30-minute mark, but eyes were already starting to droop. The AC was out, and the small fans whirred in the background like a white noise machine. Prior to the meeting, board members were treated to a 4-course lunch, and the rich food was adding to the...

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Topics: meetings

A Child's View of Nonprofit Board Culture

Posted by Liz Wooten Reschke on Jun 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As both a mom and a consultant in the nonprofit sector, I often wonder what my world looks like to my two young children, who currently understand very little about what “mommy does.” What, for example, might they conclude about board culture if they were to venture with me into a nonprofit...

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Topics: Culture, meetings

Leadership of the Board Chair in Creating Board Culture

Posted by Mindy R. Wertheimer, Ph.D., LCSW on Jun 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you the next or the new board chair? Thinking about it in your future? Routinely, a new board chair begins to receive advice – and warnings – from others such as “but we have always done it that way,” or “don’t rock the boat” and, on the flip side, “breathe new life into our board” or...

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Topics: Culture, Board Chair

Is Nonprofit Planning an Oxymoron?

Posted by Hardy Smith on May 26, 2016 9:18:05 AM

When I ask audiences of nonprofit leaders to indicate how many of them engage in strategic planning, have an annual action plan, or make time to plan out the projects and activities that are critical to their success, the all too familiar response is that many don’t.

Ironically, those same...

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Topics: strategic planning

Reassuring level of knowledge revealed by nonprofit financial literacy quiz

Chris Thompson, BoardSource’s numbers guy (and experienced ATM user) explores what can be learned from our recent financial literacy quiz.

Of the 10 basic board responsibilities, “finance” appears prominently in two of them: “ensuring adequate financial resources” and “protecting assets and...

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Topics: financial oversight

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