Category: Organizational Success

Don’t Treat Your Board Chair And Campaign Chair Like This!

A previous blog offered suggestions on how to aggravate your board in four easy steps. Following up on that post, I’ve received suggestions on how to not only tick off your board chair but your campaign chair as well. Some of these came from chairs that we have worked with throughout the years. It brought… Read more »

What’s Your Board Score? BoardSource Tips for Leading with Intent

  BoardSource, the go-to resource for all things related to good board service and governance, this month released its annual “National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices.” BoardSource has been collecting and analyzing trends in board practices since 1994 and it is the only national survey to gather information from both chief executives and board chairs… Read more »

How To Engage Your Volunteers

Among the joys of what development folks do is the opportunity to work with some extraordinarily good and generous people. We get to help them make a difference with their gifts and see their joy in having an impact on lives. I am persuaded that many of them would give more than just their money… Read more »

Show Some Love To Your Volunteers

By Heather Thornton, Project Manager I have written in the past about the importance of showing appreciation to your donors and how the little ways in which you can simply say “thank you” can go a long way. With Valentine’s Day still fresh on our minds, perhaps now is as good a time as any… Read more »

How To Aggravate Your Board In 4 Easy Steps

  Most board members say that they are honored to be associated with their favorite non-profit, whether it is an educational, arts, cultural, human services, or religious institution. As we work with these non-profits to assist them with strategy; in procuring financial resources; developing, coaching, and mentoring leadership; or defining mission, vision and case; we… Read more »

How To Conduct Effective Committee Meetings

  “Our committee meetings seem to go on forever!” said the volunteer with whom I was meeting last week. “And all we do is hear reports – we never seem to deal with anything substantive.” Have you had similar comments from your Board members or volunteer committee members? There are many articles and books talking… Read more »

Time Management For The Holiday Season

  By Katie MacKenzie, Project Coordinator With the end of the year quickly approaching, soon many of us will be scrambling to close out any end-of-year donations, wrap up any unfinished business and conclude 2014 with (hopefully) a bang! While all of these are noble tasks and important to our organizations, what we find during… Read more »

Board Member Giving

Should board members be asked to make a minimum annual fund gift? We are often asked about the wisdom in setting a minimum annual philanthropic gift for the members of the board of directors. Written into many descriptions of board roles and responsibilities is the requirement that a board member make a minimum annual gift… Read more »

Learning Leadership

  At Butler, a Corporate Way to Manage Change and Groom New Leaders, an article in the August 1 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, made for a fascinating read, and not just because Butler University is a former client. These are challenging times for the not for profit sector as we emerge from… Read more »

Guidelines For Board Members

An executive director was bemoaning the executive committee’s decision to develop guidelines for board engagement. He didn’t have to tell me that the board already had sufficient guidelines in its trusteeship letter of agreement. Typically, guidelines for board engagement are separate from policies governing conflict of interest, ethics, and matters of fiduciary responsibility. Board engagement… Read more »