Leading from Experience: Why Diversity Is Critical for Nonprofits
March 22, 2022 at 8:48 am

When I stepped into the leadership role at Chicago Scholars more than a year ago, I began searching for other nonprofit leaders of color so we could share and learn from our common experiences in navigating the nonprofit landscape. I knew I’d have to look far and wide for these peers, as it’s common knowledge in our world that diversity is lagging at the highest levels.

Why Your Nonprofit Does Not Need an Executive Committee
March 17, 2022 at 12:21 pm

Did you know that it is possible to have a nonprofit board committee that has more power and authority than the full board? No, I’m not making this up. This is most often in the form of a standing executive committee described in the by-laws.

How to Hold Successful Hybrid Board Meetings
March 15, 2022 at 8:30 am

Nonprofit board management has become an increasingly difficult task in a hybrid setting but hybrid meetings are here to stay. Here’s how you can ensure board meetings remain successful even when teams are in person and virtual.

Powerhouse Boards: Tips to Achieving Long-Term Success
March 2, 2022 at 11:47 am

It’s a common challenge among nonprofits. Business and community leaders join your board and share your passion and vision, but they lack the commitment or drive to propel your organization forward. Further, they lack the tools to be successful. So, what’s the secret to attaining a powerhouse board?

3 Ways to Drive a Culture of Philanthropy Instead of a Culture of Charity
February 22, 2022 at 11:56 am

There is a lot of talk in our industry about developing a culture of philanthropy. It’s the hot buzzword these days at strategic planning sessions and board retreats. But what does developing a culture of philanthropy really mean in the day-to-day life of a nonprofit professional?

Reverse Board Inaction With Informative Reports 
January 14, 2022 at 11:49 am

During the meeting — and this may be the only activity that happens at the meeting — there will be reports. Sometimes it feels like one report after another with an occasional question thrown-in and some member moving, and then the board votes to accept the report. And then, the meeting is over. Is this what you really signed up for?

A Guide to Having a Board Recruitment Strategy
December 14, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Board recruitment is important as you must find leaders who have the right perspectives that align with your organizational strategies, goals and needs. It is not about recruiting one person. It is about building a diverse group over time that can take your organization to the next level.

The Nonprofit Board Treasurer: 4 Myths Busted
December 7, 2021 at 8:00 am

Are board members' expectations fair and realistic about what is involved with the board treasurer job and who should take on this role? Here are four of the most commonly shared myths about nonprofit board treasurers.