Board

How Nonprofits Are Using Junior Boards to Engage Millennials
January 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

Younger and smaller versions of governing boards for not-for-profits are becoming a strong force at Indianapolis-area nonprofits, despite having no voting power. Young professional boards, usually consisting of members ages 21 to 40, vary in size and responsibilities, but the groups are seen as a way to engage Millennials—an age group nonprofit leaders believe they…

10 Interview Questions for Hiring an Executive Director
December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

Over the past year, I’ve coached several gifted individuals who interviewed for executive director positions, and I can tell you that many nonprofits handle these interviews poorly. They don’t ask the right questions or they don’t really know what they’re looking for. Frankly, it’s not surprising. Usually, board members conduct executive director interviews, but most…

Increase Your Organization’s Influence in Just 15 Minutes a Month
December 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

Do you wish that your organization had more clout? That you had more access to your community’s thought-leaders and philanthropists? Are you unsure how you should get to know the people in in your community whose opinions are seen as the gold standard? Here’s an excellent way to build those relationships. It’s not difficult and won’t feel awkward. And, most importantly, your community’s leaders will want to participate...

Goodwill Omaha Controversy Shows Why Nonprofits Must Safeguard Reputations
December 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

Concerns raised about some processes and practices employed by the Goodwill Omaha board of trustees provide valuable object lessons for members of every nonprofit board. Such board members play an important role as stewards of not only their donors’ money but also of their organization’s reputation. As such, they must be wary of even the…

How to Put That Strategic Plan Into Action
November 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

“And how will we implement it?” That’s one of the more exasperating but essential questions a board can ask itself. A board can throw a lot of time and effort into creating a considered and forward-thinking strategic plan, but one reason the “plan that just sits on the shelf” is such a cliche isn’t so…

3 Secrets to Inspire Board Members to Be Successful Fundraisers
November 23, 2016 at 8:00 am

It’s your job as a staff member to help your board members connect with your mission in a manner that connects with their own values. To inspire them to connect with and lead from their personal passion. Doing your job is easy if you remember these three simple things...

Motivate Nonprofit Board Members to Play 'Follow the Leader'
November 9, 2016 at 8:00 am

Human beings are, first and foremost, social creatures. We use the brains of others to think for us, and as storage space for our knowledge about the world. For folks considering whether and how to get involved with any nonprofit, what leadership is saying and doing will have a big impact. That's why you need to motivate nonprofit board members to be influencers...

7 Red Flags Board Members Should Watch For
November 2, 2016 at 11:16 am

Federal and state governments (and nonprofit watchdogs) don’t take ignorance of a regulation as an excuse for not following it. It is up to each nonprofit to stay informed. And the board of directors plays a major role in that. So, what red flags can board members look for to help spot areas in need of attention? There are many, but here are seven things that can have a big impact...

Advisory Board Versus Governing Board—Is There a Difference?
October 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

In my long career working with nonprofits, I have interfaced with many volunteer board members. These nonprofit board members have served on either advisory boards or governing boards. Many people continue to ask me is there a difference between the two...

How to Build the Board You Want
October 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Sometimes I feel like the host of "The Blame Game." OK, time to let you in on a secret. A lot of nonprofit leaders email me about what they’re struggling with. More often than not, it’s an executive director or board chair complaining about his or her board: Not being engaged Not raising enough money…