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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.


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)...


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...


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



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...


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 “...


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.


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.


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. 


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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