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Board Size Matters – The Secret to Finding Your Magic Number

2018-09-05T15:12:42+00:00September 5th, 2018|

I get asked that question pretty often – What's the right board size? The answer is – it depends. What are your goals? Do you currently have a composition that makes sense? You may have seen studies that will tell you the average nonprofit board size is around 17. So what? That includes hospitals, universities, [...]

4 Reasons Why This Is Your Most Important Committee

2018-08-01T23:05:08+00:00August 1st, 2018|

Do you wanna guess what committee it is?  In my years of working with many different types of nonprofit organizations, it has been proven over and over again. It’s the Board Development Committee.  Sometimes it’s called the Governance Committee, or the Nominating Committee.  I prefer "Board Development", because when functioning well, it's doing exactly that [...]

The Secret to Re-Engaging the Disengaged Board Member

2018-07-17T21:51:43+00:00July 17th, 2018|

  You know the one. They show up to board meetings- sometimes. Or they say they’ll do some stuff but there’s a 50-50 chance it will get done. Or they DO have good intentions but they haven’t been truly plugged in for a while. Or they’re the first one to leave a meeting. Or they [...]

3 Ways You’re Killing Board Engagement

2018-06-26T22:35:56+00:00June 26th, 2018|

Are you wondering where your board unicorn is? You know the one – every board meeting is well attended. Board members follow through on tasks. Committees are strong with clear goals. They even raise money for your cause! Shoot, people are asking how they can join your board because it has such a great reputation [...]

No Quorum? No Problem – 3 Ways to Get Board Members to Meetings

2018-06-05T21:55:36+00:00June 5th, 2018|

The board meeting has been on the calendar for months. And yet, you show up to find only a third of the members in attendance. How frustrating!! What the heck is the problem? Don’t they care about your mission anymore? Are they all travelling suddenly? Are they thinking about leaving the board? Dang, you certainly [...]

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