Game On! Peer-to-Peer Assessment

Posted by Mike Noël on Dec 1, 2016 1:01:00 PM

In 2000, Mike Noël and consultant Deborah Dortch encouraged the SCAN Health Plan board to engage in peer-to-peer assessment (P2P). In 2014, The SCAN Foundation board began participating in P2P assessments as well. “We are quite proud of what we started,” says Mike. “I’ve served on ten boards and...


Topics: Assessment

Missions, Mergers, and Love

Posted by Jean Butzen on Nov 16, 2016 10:54:01 AM

Last month, a group of Chicago area institutions led by Mission + Strategy Consulting released a new study on nonprofit merger strategies focusing on the Chicago Metropolitan area and assessing how mergers can be an integral part of planning for nonprofits and funders alike. This first-ever...


Topics: Mission Impact, Mergers

The F Word and How to Use It

Posted by Emily Davis on Nov 3, 2016 12:42:42 PM
Nonprofit governance is a shared role by an organization’s chief executive and the board as a collective. Together they are responsible for ensuring the necessary resources for the organization — both human and financial.

However, there is much confusion about fundraising and the various roles...


Topics: Fundraising

Moving From Dissonance to Harmony: Managing Conflict on the Board

Posted by Jill Sarah Moscowitz on Oct 14, 2016 9:29:55 AM

Power struggles, miscommunication, and differences of opinion are bound to show up on any nonprofit board and can intensify when an organization is undergoing an executive transition. When conflict arises, one's first instinct might be to avoid it, but conflict can actually present an...


Topics: Culture, Chief Executive Transition

Being Interim

Posted by Katha Kissman on Oct 6, 2016 11:35:00 AM

I recently saw the Annette Benning movie, Being Julia (which is wonderful, by the way). It reminded me of my life over the course of 13 years as a nonprofit organizational development and governance consultant. My film could be titled Being Interim.


Topics: Interim Chief Executive

Proactive Planning: Succeeding with Succession

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Sep 28, 2016 3:57:43 PM

A goal without a plan is just a wish. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Adages about planning are plentiful. Investing time in planning increases the likelihood of any endeavor’s success. And so it is with succession planning. Succession planning is a proactive measure that boards take to ensure...


Topics: Succession Planning

Uncovering the Mystery: The Art and Science of Shared Leadership

Posted by Emily Davis on Sep 15, 2016 2:03:32 PM

Shared leadership between nonprofit board members and the chief executive is a commonly invisible issue or at least widely misunderstood. Who leads the charge when it comes to strategic planning? Fundraising? Operations?


Topics: Shared Leadership

Do Nonprofit Boards Resist Online Investing?

Posted by Sharon Liebowitz on Sep 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Why don’t more nonprofits use online investing tools? Sharon Liebowitz has some ideas. Share yours in the comments.

Over the last few weeks, I was honored to speak at two financial technology conferences in New York. It was great to hear insights and trends from fellow industry leaders and...


Topics: financial oversight, investments

Change Your Approach to Board Engagement

Posted by Hardy Smith on Aug 25, 2016 3:00:00 PM

How often have you heard about frustration with nonprofit board members not being as engaged as they should be?

Perhaps you have experienced this trying situation yourself.

It’s a common complaint and it’s voiced by nonprofit staff and board members alike. Engagement expectations that can range...


Topics: board engagement

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.


Topics: Executive Committee