Five years ago I ran a 10-month nonprofit ED peer group in response to leaders who sometimes felt like they were in it all alone. This was a strong group of peers who could discuss lessons learned, generate new ideas, and challenge, support and encourage each other. The trust that formed within this group was [...]
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Last week was a real soul crusher. Many nonprofit CEOs and EDs were making critical decisions and taking action to try to maintain services where possible. Running on pure adrenaline to get through it. Furloughing staff and/or finding equipment to assist with working remotely. Trying to manage with far fewer program volunteers. Wondering how your [...]
We're here. It's a pandemic. We're self-isolating. And it's no joke. Not a bad movie. I'm so impressed with how our sector did not hesitate but immediately pivoted to how to best continue providing essential services safely. Let's be sure your board members are fully engaged and leaning in. They are your partners and [...]
That’s right…rather than focus on tips and tricks to elevate the effectiveness of your board, today we’re going to dance. Yesterday I posted on my social media channels that it seems like nonprofit professionals are under more pressure than ever. Pressure to fill the gaps in services. Pressure to bridge the gaps of ignorance. It’s [...]
I hope so. Or are you so relieved that you’ve got a body in the Board President position, you did a little happy dance and moved on to the next fire that needed to be put out? This Chief Volunteer Officer position is no joke. They lead the group that has serious legal and fiduciary [...]
Does your nonprofit have a crystal-clear direction for the next few years? Powerful initiatives supported by smart strategy? Board members and staff aligned and committed to their roles? A compelling strategic plan that excites your stakeholders? A significant part of my work is to facilitate strategic plan processes with nonprofit CEOs and boards. It’s engaging [...]