Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

Yes, Nonprofits Can Lobby

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can lobby. Seriously, we checked. Actually, we knew that already. But many people who work or volunteer for nonprofits believe that lobbying is prohibited. Lobbying and advocacy aren’t the right strategies for every nonprofit...
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...
Does it really matter?

Does it really matter?

Are your efforts adding up to your desired impact? Asking and answering this question isn’t a one-time activity. For organizations that want to successfully navigate change, take their impact to the next level, or just be the best mission-driven effort they can be,...
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....
Eight Reasons Why You Need Term Limits

Eight Reasons Why You Need Term Limits

Ah, term limits. Few things get a group of nonprofit leaders quite as riled up as the topic of term limits. Some of the reasons we have heard given in opposition the use of term limits for a board of directors include: Loss of institutional memory, expertise, and/ or...