Be Clear and Consistent With Your Board
September 27, 2017 at 11:46 am

Take a few minutes, step back and think of ways you can improve the consistency and clarity for your board. You’ll see immediate and positive results!...

Fundraising Success: Role of the Board in P2P Fundraising
September 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

When you are invested in an organization with your time, talents and treasures, you are fully invested. Board members should be passionate enough about their organization’s mission to be joyfully engaged in its fundraising...

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Board Members as P2P Fundraisers
September 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

I sit on several nonprofit boards and have led and managed many. What I found is executives and community leaders who serve on nonprofit boards do so because they have a passion for the cause and they typically know quite a bit about the organization...

What Rights Do Your Donors Have?
September 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

You know how it feels to be treated shabbily. You buy something, there’s a problem and you might as well be a pile of sawdust when you try to get someone to help you solve the problem. It feels terrible. And you would never treat anyone that way yourself...

Don’t Expect a Gift From Your Board Member
September 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

You have most certainly experienced the fear of a board member whose term is coming up, and they are one of your best donors. You’re thinking, “How do I get them to continue their giving?” Richard and I would say that is the wrong way to think about this...

The Theory of Change: A Tool for Bringing Board Members Together
August 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

Passion for mission, also known as the dissatisfaction with the status quo, is often described as the driver for what brings individuals to a nonprofit board. But remember, a board consists of individuals, and while years of service can often result in an aligned board being clear about values and interests, a “Theory of Change” exercise is an efficient and effective process and resultant tool for developing a collective “term of agreement...

10 Elements for Leadership Success for a Nonprofit Board
July 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Consistency and clarity are essential to a nonprofit board being high-performing. Consistency includes: Regularly scheduled meetings. It’s vital to have and maintain regularly scheduled meetings (i.e. the fourth Thursday of the month at 8 a.m.) or meetings scheduled at least one year in advance. If a chairman is unable to make a meeting, there should […]

Benefit or Curse? Nonprofit Board Executive Committees
July 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

Maybe the days for board executive committees should be over. There is little need to give a nonprofit board permission to be less engaged and this is effectively what I pose that executive committees accomplish best...

Paving the Way: Board Member of the Year
June 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

The Navy League of the United States is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the morale of active-duty personnel and their families, informing Congress and the American public of the importance of strong sea services and supporting youth through programs...