3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

A new client asked me a great question the other day: What can my board do now to get the most out of our strategic planning process next year? Our talk reminded me that for many nonprofits there is a lag between making the decision to engage in planning and starting...
Best Practices & Governance: More Than Just a Checklist

Best Practices & Governance: More Than Just a Checklist

“Do you ever see a really great Board of Directors?” Nonprofit staff and board leaders ask us this question all the time. It reminds me of an old joke: Q: Why are adults always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up? A: They are looking for ideas....

Fundraising Training Is Not Fundraising

“Sustainable funding is within the reach of every nonprofit organization if they dedicate themselves to making this happen.” “Fundraising training is one of the many ways we can help ensure that you efficiently and effectively grow your operational...
The Future of Nonprofits

The Future of Nonprofits

I have been spending a lot of time lately reading about B corps (certified benefit corporations), social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship and thinking about the impacts these new types of organizations will have on the nonprofit sector. If we can figure out a...

Boards, Engagement, and Year-End Fundraising

Last week we posted tips on engaging your board of directors in work outside of regular board meetings. While board members provide service to their organizations in a myriad of ways – lending expertise, setting strategic direction,  and building relationships,  just...
Board Engagement (or getting your board to do the stuff you need!)

Board Engagement (or getting your board to do the stuff you need!)

One of the most common complaints of Executive Directors is that their boards aren’t engaged. But what does that even mean? Usually it means board members show up once a month but are missing-in-action otherwise.Often it isn’t their fault that they are only meeting...