Board

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 31: Your Board Members' Legal Obligations
February 2, 2018 at 11:41 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: one major donor's experience with two different nonprofits, legal responsibilities of nonprofit board members and event planning tips...

It’s Time to Move From ‘Bored’ to Stimulating Board Meetings
February 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

I was recently asked to make a presentation at a hospital foundation’s board of directors meeting. The foundation executive director wanted me to speak on how to engage his board members in fundraising. I truly enjoy teaching and speaking to groups, so I was prepared. The secondary benefit for me in meeting with this group was to watch the executive director interact with his board chair and board members and see how the meeting was directed...

Nonprofit Board Liabilities: What Are the Legal Responsibilities of Your Board?
January 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm

If you’ve ever worked or have been associated with volunteer leadership at a nonprofit board, then you are probably aware of a situation that can expose individuals to legal jeopardy. One of the most essential aspects of serving on a board and having board members is to ensure that everyone has an understanding for their legal and fiduciary obligations. Unfortunately, many do not realize that ignorance of the law is not a defense... 

Overcoming Board Challenges: 4 Key CEO Annual Performance Indicators
January 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

The annual performance review date has come and gone as our board acted like deer in the headlights. We can’t really understand what to assess. And, to be honest, some board members who don’t really like or trust our executive only want to assess the behaviors and personality they dislike. What to do?...

Selling the Sizzle: Taking Board Member Participation to the Next Level
December 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

You say your nonprofit board members are unenthused about everything? For some members, their lack of enthusiasm is so profound, they fail to attend board and committee meetings. And many more members are so unenthused that they are not inclined to play an active role to support the nonprofit in achieving success...

Want Fresh Ideas? Put a Kid on Your Board of Directors
November 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

Teenagers are irresponsible. They are lazy and entitled and never look up from their smart devices. Wait, what about Jack Andraka, who identified an early detection mechanism for pancreatic cancer… while he was in high school? He not only invented it, he pitched the idea to 200 research professors to test it and earned workspace in a scientific lab...

Tuning Up Your Board
October 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

In my first executive director position, I forgot about the board. Chalk it up to inexperience, but I didn’t yet understand how the board could make me a more effective executive, or how they could boost our success. While I met all the technical requirements and complied with the usual responsibilities, in my heart I felt the board was mostly a nuisance...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 18: Are You Putting Your Donors' Needs First?
September 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: the board's role in nonprofit planning, importance of putting your donors' needs first, and consistency and clarity for a high-performing nonprofit board...