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5 Reasons Why Every Board Member Needs to Be Engaged


I recently had a client ask me to explain to his board why they need to be engaged. I tried not to be surprised. Then I realized this was a bigger deal than I may have realized. As I talked to his volunteers, I got a mix of perspectives: * One thought they should be [...]

5 Reasons Why Every Board Member Needs to Be Engaged2021-10-05T14:25:29-07:00

Please Don’t Put “Committee Reports” on Your Board Agendas


When it comes to board meetings, this is one of the fastest ways to make me nuts.  I'm begging you....please don't. Let’s think about why you have board meetings: * To build relationships amongst board members so they work well together * To focus their attention on the most important priorities of the organization * [...]

Please Don’t Put “Committee Reports” on Your Board Agendas2021-06-30T14:28:38-07:00

The Top 5 Reasons to Connect with Your Community


It’s been invigorating to see so many nonprofits focusing on planning now that we’re seeing light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. And yet I’m surprised when I ask how they are engaging the community and getting feedback from stakeholders and influencers.  Most haven’t thought about it. It’s a grave error to try to [...]

The Top 5 Reasons to Connect with Your Community2021-06-10T09:34:13-07:00

Do You Appreciate Your Board Members? Do They Know It?


    I know you’re tired. I know you might want to close your eyes and forget things for a while. You deserve that. And the world keeps spinning, so….let’s think about those people working alongside you who are volunteering to serve. I know you’re grateful for them. Did you know demonstrating gratitude is good [...]

Do You Appreciate Your Board Members? Do They Know It?2021-05-06T09:03:31-07:00

Refresh Your BORED Member Orientations!


That’s right – it’s possible to conduct energetic orientations that inspire your new members! A common concern among nonprofit CEOs is how to conduct an effective orientation for new board members.   Understand something: a one-time orientation session isn’t the solution alone. A year-long onboarding plan needs to be in place. For now, let’s start at [...]

Refresh Your BORED Member Orientations!2021-04-08T09:03:31-07:00

Why Do Nonprofits Need Boards Anyway?


What's all the fuss about?  Would it really be so bad to do away these boards?  I mean, they're kind of a lot to handle, right? I started this blog nine years ago. This post is the 4th one I wrote back then.  And after a recent conversation with a nonprofit CEO who was grousing [...]

Why Do Nonprofits Need Boards Anyway?2021-03-16T20:47:04-07:00
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