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Tom Okarma shares his knowledge and experience for nonprofits.

Ever Been asked…Why Should I Want to Serve on Your Board?

Have you ever been asked this question? Let’s say you know someone who is highly respected, has been engaged with your mission for some time, and has shown good judgment in the past. You may even be friends. You have a board seat opening...

How to Deal With Difficult Board Members

What do you do when a good board member goes bad?   One of the most important roles you have, as part of a board of directors, or as the executive director of a nonprofit, is to help identify and “vet” new board candidates. You use...

10 Characteristics of Effective Nonprofit Leaders

It’s no secret we’re living in a world of increasing turmoil. Violence is escalating. Hate is rising. Lines are being drawn and redrawn every day as portions of our country band together to oppose others. Culturally and politically, we...

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

Guard Your Calendar Wisely Your role as an executive director is much more than a 9-5 job. You may have breakfast meetings, dinner meetings and late evening meetings. Sometimes, your Saturdays turn into full work days, too. During the day...

Better Board Meetings: 5 Questions to Better Engage Your Board Members

Who likes nonprofit board meetings? Please raise your hands... Board members often have a full-time job. They put in a long day, then skip dinner with the family so they can have cold pizza and room temperature soda, gathered around a...

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10 Characteristics of Effective Nonprofit Leaders

It’s no secret we’re living in a world of increasing turmoil. Violence is escalating. Hate is rising. Lines are being drawn and redrawn every day as portions of our country band together to oppose others. Culturally and politically, we are as divided as we ever have...

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

On the surface, leading a nonprofit might look like a piece of cake. You assemble a group of people passionate about the mission, point them in the right direction and get out of their way. For the most part, there are no ego problems, no hidden agendas, and no one...

Will End-of-Year Fundraising Be Risky For Your Agency?

Will End-of-Year Fundraising Be Risky For Your Agency?

Nonprofit leadership is challenging. And it's no secret that fundraising -- especially end-of-year fundraising - can easily top the list of stressors. Can you really count on all those pledges to come in at year-end? What if they don't? It's Fall of 2018 and once...

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

Guard Your Calendar Wisely Your role as an executive director is much more than a 9-5 job. You may have breakfast meetings, dinner meetings and late evening meetings. Sometimes, your Saturdays turn into full work days, too. During the day you are meeting with donors,...

Changing Nonprofit Trends: 4 Things Your Team Needs To Know

Changing Nonprofit Trends: 4 Things Your Team Needs To Know

Embracing The Change    There is a lot of change coming to the nonprofit world. Boards, leaders, staff, and volunteers need to face and process emerging nonprofit trends, all while still serving their clients. The good news: all of these changes have the capacity to...

15 Simple Ways to Use Your Board For Marketing

15 Simple Ways to Use Your Board For Marketing

Nonprofit marketing can be challenging at best. If you’re like most agencies, you're constantly on the look out for new ways to share your mission, more effective ways to build awareness, and new cost-effective avenues to get more people to help your cause. While...

The Kickoff: 20 Steps to a Better 1st Board Meeting

The Kickoff: 20 Steps to a Better 1st Board Meeting

How can you make the first board meeting of the year effective, engaging, and use it to set the stage for a great year? In a recent article we discussed expectations for your new board. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. It will set the stage for...

How to Deal With Difficult Board Members

How to Deal With Difficult Board Members

What do you do when a good board member goes bad?   One of the most important roles you have, as part of a board of directors, or as the executive director of a nonprofit, is to help identify and “vet” new board candidates. You use comprehensive checklists, you...

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