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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.

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Failure is not an Option: How Nonprofit Boards Can Support Leaders of Color

Posted by Idalia Fernandez, Monisha Kapila, and Angela Romans on Jun 19, 2020 2:36:54 PM

For nonprofits who are now hiring new executive leaders of color, here are some steps to take—and pitfalls to avoid—to ensure a successful leadership transition.

As capacity-building consultants to the social sector, we regularly support nonprofit organizations, their leaders, and their boards....

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Now That We Know Better

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jun 10, 2020 12:57:35 PM

I am a long-time admirer of the late legendary poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.  In addition to appreciating the genius of her lovely, powerful poetry ("Still I Rise" is my personal favorite), I’ve always marveled at the wisdom, inspiration, and insight about life that I find in her...

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Preparing for the Journey – and Remembering Their Names

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jun 2, 2020 4:01:07 PM

Amadou Diallo.

Freddie Gray.

Philando Castile.

Alton Sterling.

Walter Scott.

Tamir Rice.

Michael Brown.

Eric Garner.

Botham Jean.

Breonna Taylor.

And most recently: George Floyd.

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Topics: Current Events

Our Opportunity

Posted by Katha Kissman & Tony Scucci on May 28, 2020 10:24:37 AM

 And it goes that when one person can focus on self and not focus on what’s wrong with the others, he can serve as a working model for others, then another, then another, and then others will pull up a little bit. And over time, they will pull up a fair amount. 

— Dr. Murray Bowen, in...

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Topics: COVID-19

Reflections on Trust and Its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 21, 2020 2:16:23 PM

One of Stephen M.R. Covey’s fundamental beliefs about leadership is that progress happens “at the speed of trust” —  that organizational work gets done with and through people, and that trust is the basis for every transaction and relationship. 

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

This is Not a Drill

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on May 15, 2020 1:00:00 PM

At BoardSource, we have sometimes talked about the fact that boards are a team that never gets to practice — that each time the “team” comes together, it’s a “game day” situation. While this is absolutely true, it’s also true that some “games” are higher stakes than others.

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Topics: Culture, COVID-19

Scenario Planning: Rapid Planning in a Time of Rapid Change

Posted by Belinda Lyons-Newman on May 8, 2020 11:26:58 AM

How do you plan for the future when the future is uncertain? The COVID-19 pandemic has made this important and timeless question essential. Although this global crisis is affecting each nonprofit organization differently, all are looking toward a future with profound unknowns. As a nonprofit...

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Topics: Scenario Planning, COVID-19

When to “Return”: Questions Nonprofit Executives Need to Think About

Posted by Lindsay Tallman on May 5, 2020 10:57:16 AM

Right now, state and local governments across the country have started to consider re-opening certain businesses and, what a phased re-entry might look like. As a nonprofit leader, you may be wondering what this process will look like for your organization and how you will know when it is the...

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Topics: Risk Management, COVID-19

It's Time to Talk About...What  Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 1, 2020 10:10:11 AM

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. But this fact prompts a much more difficult question for nonprofit boards to consider in this moment: “What can boards do in the near-term to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Current Events, COVID-19


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