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How Treehouse Used Advocacy to Advance its Mission and Win Last Year's Stand for Your Mission Awards

Posted by Dawn Rains on Jan 17, 2019 1:07:52 PM

Treehouse was the winner of the 2018 Stand for Your Mission Award for successfully advancing its mission through establishing advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership. In this post, we learn how the organization continues to achieve its goals through advocacy. 

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Topics: Stand for Your Mission, Advocacy

A Year in Review: The Best Blogs of 2018

Posted by Nick Cafferky on Jan 7, 2019 1:55:04 PM

Happy new year! Everyone here at BoardSource is excited for another year of supporting and helping organizations like yours to advance your mission, but before we move into 2019, let’s take a look back at some of the great blogs we posted in 2018. Maybe you missed them when they first published,...

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Topics: Nonprofit language, Recruitment, strategic planning, Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Foundations

Flawed Fundraising Report Can Hurt Nonprofits

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Dec 5, 2018 3:03:02 PM

 

Earlier today, Anne Wallestad shared her thoughts on four assumptions made in a recent fundraising report entitled “Pennies for Charity” in an opinion piece published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. We summarize her viewpoint here but encourage you to read “Deeply Flawed ‘Pennies for...

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Topics: Fundraising, Transparency

Putting Commitment into Action: A New Leader for BoardSource’s Work on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Nov 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Posted by Hardy Smith on Nov 15, 2018 2:04:44 PM

We’ve all heard that familiar quote about continuing to do something the exact same way you’ve done it in the past yet expecting a different result. It’s like a dog chasing its tail. Is your nonprofit constantly chasing elusive solutions?

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Topics: Board Best Practices

11 Steps to Producing a World-Class, Investment-Grade Business Plan for Your Nonprofit

Posted by Donald Summers on Oct 17, 2018 1:12:47 PM

 

Eight-Minute Read

Unfortunately, most of the 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. live a hard life and struggle just to keep their doors open. Often, staff suffer from low pay, high stress, and burnout; technology is underutilized; and board members and other volunteers are disengaged,...

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Topics: strategic planning

Living into Our Values: Perspectives from BoardSource’s CEO & Board Chair

Posted by Anne Wallestad and Rick Moyers on Oct 1, 2018 12:37:42 PM

Last year, BoardSource’s board formalized an organizational commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. That commitment was the result of more than a year of focused work with our board, and was informed by growing evidence over many years that boards are struggling to live into what they...

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Topics: core values

Reflections in the Wake of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation: 4 Questions for Boards

Posted by Anne Wallestad and Aaron Dorfman on Sep 24, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Anne Wallestad and Aaron Dorfman, president & CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), shared their thoughts on lessons learned from the recent turn of events at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in a blog post featured on the NCRP website. We summarize...

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Strategic Planning: Is Your Board Ready?

Posted by Richard Mittenthal on Sep 12, 2018 1:08:02 PM

Two-minute Read

Consider this scenario: You are a relatively new board member.  At the last meeting, a long-time board member suggests it is time for a new strategic plan. 

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Topics: strategic planning

Do You Know Your Board Members?

Posted by Hardy Smith on Aug 29, 2018 11:58:33 AM

I worked on my family’s dairy farm through high school and college, but the twice-a-day milking routine never came easy for me. Summers were stifling hot; winter mornings at 3 a.m. were often below freezing.

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Topics: Culture

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