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The Healing Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jan 19, 2021 9:43:42 AM

Today is the National Day of Racial Healing, which takes place each year the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, it also happens to fall on the day before we will inaugurate a new president – a momentous occasion in any context, but one that takes on particular significance as it...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Advocacy, Current Events, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

For Nonprofits, Uncertainty Equals Opportunity

Posted by Matt Brown on Dec 8, 2020 12:15:00 PM

At the risk of beginning this post with a completely unoriginal and obvious point, the country is currently experiencing a level of cultural, political, and economic turmoil not seen in many decades. In fact, I would argue that today’s combination of a worldwide pandemic, political unrest, and...

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Topics: strategic planning, Fundraising

Facing the Challenge of Racial Inequity — or Avoiding It

Posted by Jim Taylor on Oct 30, 2020 10:30:00 AM

There’s an old saying that every great victory is the result of many smaller victories that went unnoticed. As we undertake our individual and organizational racial equity journeys, I would suggest we slightly modify this adage. I think it's essential that we do notice the small victories –...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Governing in and through a Pandemic

Posted by Cathy A. Trower and Peter D. Eckel on Oct 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Adapted from article which appeared in AGB, Trusteeship, (28) 5, Sept-Oct 2020

Boards find themselves facing a host of challenges as they work to fulfill their fiduciary roles in the pandemic. But the challenges of the pandemic may provide opportunities to evolve governance in ways beneficial...

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Topics: Roles and Responsibilities, COVID-19, Virtual Meetings

Recruiting for Board Diversity — Without Disrespecting People of Color

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 31, 2020 2:22:19 PM

As a Black man who has worked with or for nonprofits for most of my career, I’ve become very familiar with how nonprofit boards recruit for board diversity; by my count, I have been actively recruited by the boards of 13 organizations. 

I can divide 11 of these 13 board recruitment experiences...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Nonprofits Must Advocate

Posted by Janet Levinger and Judy Reckelhoff on Aug 11, 2020 11:19:02 AM

This blog is republished from Leading Well, where last week Janet Levinger interviewed BoardSource Chief of Staff Judy Reckelhoff about advocacy and nonprofit boards. 

Advocacy Is Essential to Fulfill Your Mission and Serve Your Communities

Today’s post is the third in a series about board...

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Topics: Advocacy, Stand for Your Mission

The Value of Lived Experience

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 4, 2020 10:54:47 AM

A couple of years ago, I attended a national conference of government officials focused on advancing racial equity in their communities. The conference began with a number of local government leaders engaging in an informative but rather conventional panel discussion about their local strategies...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

In Our Health and Educational Systems, The Time for Board Diversity Is Now

Posted by Carolyn T. Adams and Vicki W. Kramer on Jul 30, 2020 9:55:12 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic’s revelation of racial and gender disparities and the nationwide demonstrations about racism inspired by brutal police behavior have produced demands for major changes in our society and its institutions. Many call for new approaches to promote the welfare of a diverse...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

A Message to My Fellow White Board Chairs

Posted by Cathy A. Trower on Jul 14, 2020 3:03:10 PM

She was a colleague, but more than a colleague; we were friends—work friends, but friends nonetheless.

I admired her from the moment I met her.

I was in my early 30s and in my first administrator post—still a tad naïve and, in hindsight, overly confident without much experience to back it up....

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A Moment to Change

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jun 24, 2020 3:27:41 PM

This past month has been full of tragedy and sadness. We watched in horror as a Black man was murdered by the police in broad daylight, and the pain and anger of 400 years of violence and injustice against African-Americans poured out onto the streets of every major city in this country.

This...

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