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The Subtle Art of Holding Board Members Accountable


It’s your job. If you’re an officer of the board, the ED/CEO or another volunteer in a leadership role, it’s your job. Ask any board member. They want to do a good job. They want to advance your important mission work. And they want you to hold them accountable.  They didn't join your board to [...]

The Subtle Art of Holding Board Members Accountable2019-05-15T08:44:38-07:00

Inspire Your Board Members to Raise More Money


A chief complaint among both nonprofit Executive Directors and Board Chairs is that board members are reluctant to fundraise.    We hear it all the time.  So what's the difference between the organizations that struggle with this and the ones who have nailed it? The ones who get it right invest in their board members [...]

Inspire Your Board Members to Raise More Money2019-04-24T23:01:19-07:00

When Board Members Behave Badly


If you're in this nonprofit business long enough, it’s bound to happen sometime. In fact, twice in the last month I witnessed board members calling out Executive Directors in a meeting for things they thought the ED should have done.  Publicly - in front of others. It was awkward at best and shocking, even traumatic, [...]

When Board Members Behave Badly2019-04-02T22:12:07-07:00

Dear Board Members – Please Speak Up!


Each year you work hard to bring on new board members who will help you do your important mission work. They’re smart, eager, connected and ready to roll! The excitement is palpable and they jump in with both feet! And then something happens. At some point, most board members’ productivity slows down a bit. Like [...]

Dear Board Members – Please Speak Up!2019-03-12T20:39:13-07:00

Let’s Get Those Tricky Corporate Partnerships to Actually Work


You know the ones - you're trying to establish a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership with a very well meaning company.  But they just don't get you.  They seem so demanding and clearly don't understand what it takes to deliver the serious impact you do. Hang tight - this article is a great perspective on helping [...]

Let’s Get Those Tricky Corporate Partnerships to Actually Work2019-02-26T21:42:16-07:00

Did You Leave Your Donors Behind in 2018?


You know the ones. The ones you worked your tail off for during the last months of the year to influence their giving. You may have invited them to invest through social media, through Giving Tuesday, or an event or maybe you sent out a direct mail piece, etc. Regardless of what activity you utilized [...]

Did You Leave Your Donors Behind in 2018?2019-02-13T21:07:58-07:00
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