Nonprofit Board Idea Generation

– Hugh Ballou   Utilizing the nonprofit board of directors properly is an uphill climb for most leaders, whether leading a religious institution, local charity, national nonprofit, or educational organization. We’ve been taught leadership wrong and we have inherited systems that aren’t working for maximum effectiveness. In fact, in my 30+ years of work with…

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C. Forbes Sargent – Building an Effective Nonprofit Board

– C. Forbes Sargent III, Esq.   Establishing a strong board of directors is critical to the success of every nonprofit organization. The board plays an essential legal and practical role in advancing the mission of the nonprofit, from governance to fundraising to operations. The best directors combine a passion for the mission with an…

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Nancy Falls – Listening Generously to Others

– Nancy Falls   Generous Listening: Creating Great Teams at the Boardroom Table   Baseball legend Casey Stengel excelled as a player, but he is perhaps most famous for his years as a manager. As he said it so well, “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”…

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Aaron Young – Keep Your Nonprofit In Good Standing with IRS

– Aaron Young   Most nonprofits are started by idealistic individuals who see a need, and come together because they want to make a difference. During these early stages, the energy is high and the mission is clear. The nonprofit, if approved by the IRS, must continue to document and meet certain IRS requirements if…

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Nonprofit Boards: Connected by Values, Guided by Principles

– Hugh Ballou   A non-profit board is looking after the governance of the organization and safeguarding its mission… as a board member I feel this responsibility even more keenly as it is even more critical in difficult economic times and where headlines are creating doubts in the minds of donors and stakeholders. – Lucy…

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Andrew Morikawa – The Architecture of Governance

– Andrew Morikawa   Every nonprofit board must ask, “How do we organize ourselves so that we can responsibly and effectively do the work that we envision?” I suggest several basic principles and practices, elements of an architecture of engagement, to cultivate effective, leading boards. This architecture has many more elements than can be described…

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Annual Board of Directors Health Check?

– Todd Greer   More and more individuals (and health insurance companies) are recognizing the value of an annual health check with their physician. It provides an opportunity to screen for red flags that may have remained underneath the surface, yet still be causing problems both in the near- and long-term. How about doing a…

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