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Lessons to Be Learned from Well-Meaning but Flawed Governance

Posted by Anonymous on May 22, 2019 2:11:42 PM

This post was written by a respected nonprofit governance expert who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Topics: Culture, Duty of Care

An Important Window into the Foundation Boardroom

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on May 16, 2019 12:09:03 PM

What are some of the challenges that can emerge when trying to build a strong board–staff partnership? And what is the state of this important partnership at foundations? These are some of the questions Anne Wallestad addresses in a post appearing on The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)...

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Topics: Leading with Intent, Foundations, board-chief executive partnership

Nonprofits: Due for Due Diligence

Posted by Patricia Q. Connolly on May 8, 2019 12:36:29 PM

If you were approached to invest in a business, a major part of your decision making process would include doing your due diligence. In addition to conducting a preliminary financial review, you would look at the market, competition, and the company’s governance structure. You would also examine...

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Topics: similarities in for-profits and nonprofits

Leading with Intent: Your Participation Matters!

Posted by Jenifer Gager Holland and Jim Taylor on Apr 24, 2019 1:27:07 PM

 

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Topics: Leading with Intent

Equity in Pursuit of Excellence: Why the Social Sector Needs Bold Strokes

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Apr 10, 2019 1:25:39 PM

In the 1970 pamphlet entitled Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female, Frances Beale said that “In attempting to analyze the situation of the black woman in America, one crashes abruptly into a solid wall of grave misconceptions, outright distortions of fact, and defensive attitudes on the part...

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Addressing Donor Misconduct: Advice to Boards and Leaders

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Apr 8, 2019 12:01:39 PM

Last week, Anne Wallestad co-wrote a piece with Mike Geiger — president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals — for Nonprofit Quarterly discussing donor misconduct within the nonprofit sector and how to address it. We summarize her viewpoint here but encourage you to read “...

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Lessons Learned as Board Chair

Posted by Rick Moyers on Apr 4, 2019 2:44:44 PM

Last week, Rick Moyers shared some of the lessons he learned while serving as the chair of the BoardSource Board of Directors from 2016-2018 on his personal blog. Below is a summary of his post, but we encourage you to read the full post here.

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Topics: Board Chair

A Nonprofit CEO’s Nightmare: The Micro-Managing Board

Posted by Robert B. Acton on Mar 28, 2019 12:02:00 PM

There are two primary (and polar opposite) ways that nonprofit boards drive their chief executives nuts: disengagement and micro-management.

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What to Do — and Not Do — When Your Chief Executive Leaves

Posted by Don Tebbe on Mar 21, 2019 1:37:21 PM

BoardSource is excited to announce that we just published the second edition of Chief Executive Transitions: How to Hire and Support a Nonprofit CEO. The author, Don Tebbe, shares some of his expertise on this topic with us here. 

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Topics: CEO transitions

Do-Able Fundraising for Real-World Boards

Posted by Stephanie Cory, CFRE, CAP on Mar 13, 2019 1:48:23 PM

While it’s widely accepted that ensuring necessary resources for an organization is a key responsibility for nonprofit boards of directors, it is often something people struggle with in the real world — especially when it comes to fundraising. But fundraising doesn’t have to be as intimidating...

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