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

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...


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...


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...


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