“Board Building” – Articles

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Board of Directors Role: What Exactly Should Your Board Be Doing? Throughout my time with nonprofits, I’ve noticed that a board, along with its directors ability to fulfill their roles and responsibilities can be the difference between a high impact agency, a low...

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Why do some boards demonstrate a culture of excellence year after year, while some seem to struggle with getting directors to show up for meetings or to make important decisions?  Why do some agencies have a waiting list of board candidates, while others (maybe yours)...

Dealing with Problem Board Members

Dealing with Problem Board Members

Leading a board would be so fulfilling, so rewarding, and so cool if it weren’t for those problem board members, right? True confession time: You’ve definitely had these thoughts. I know you have...I’ve had gallons of coffee (and an occasional scone, or two) with so...

What is Nonprofit Governance and Why Does it Matter?

What is Nonprofit Governance and Why Does it Matter?

Have you ever wondered why some nonprofit agencies are so successful, why they run so smoothly, or why the board and staff members work so well together? It could be due to everyone liking and respecting each other. It could also be due to everyone having a lot of...

5 Reasons Why Board Training is Critical to Nonprofit Success 

5 Reasons Why Board Training is Critical to Nonprofit Success 

Why is it some boards demonstrate a culture of excellence year after year while some seem to struggle just to get a majority of directors to show up for meetings or to make important decisions? Why do some nonprofits seem to show up everywhere in your community while...

5 Reasons Why You Need a Board of Directors (Besides the Obvious)

5 Reasons Why You Need a Board of Directors (Besides the Obvious)

More often than not, I can tell when an executive director is preparing for a board meeting. He or she is usually a little on edge and short on patience. The team may be a bit "amped up" with people running around creating reports, copying documents, preparing talking...

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...

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

Whether you are a board chair or an executive director, leading a nonprofit is a special calling. It’s exciting, unnerving, challenging, and fulfilling. It’s a role most of us wouldn’t give up for anything… We've all been there. You find yourself sitting at the head...

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Why Isn't My Board Better? Keeping up with the Jones’ is about as American as Apple Pie and baseball.  I sense it is alive and well in the nonprofit world, too. Specifically, I hear nonprofit leaders often whispering, “Why isn’t my board better?” “Why can’t we do the...

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

     As a nonprofit leader, your attention is drawn in many different directions in the course of a week, sometimes, all at once. You are responsible to look into the future to ensure the agency is headed in the right direction. You also need to look internally to...

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer At some level, every executive director’s job is similar to other directors in the community. Each leads the organization, raises funds, recruits, ensures clients are being served well, all while serving as the...

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,...

Nonprofit Board Management: 18 Reasons Your Board Is Failing

Nonprofit Board Management: 18 Reasons Your Board Is Failing

Get Your Board On The Right Track I have found many nonprofit boards are just a few steps away from seeing high impact results. With a few adjustments, these organizations are capable of delivering transformational change to those they are trying to help. They have...

High Impact: 14 Ways To Improve Your Board Leadership

High Impact: 14 Ways To Improve Your Board Leadership

How Should You Lead Your Board Of Directors? After serving on several boards and consulting with many others, I have seen common problems or decisions made by leadership that resurface again and again. These issues hold boards back from giving their best effort and...

Becoming A Board Member: Stay Confident, Come Prepared

Becoming A Board Member: Stay Confident, Come Prepared

So You’re On The Board Of Directors, Now What? Congratulations! You’re officially a board member of an organization that addresses a cause you care about. Becoming a board member is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Consequently, you...

15 Things Non Profit Board Members Should Be Doing

15 Things Non Profit Board Members Should Be Doing

You've Got New Board Members, Now What? New non profit board members are often confused, uncertain, and unclear on exactly what their responsibilities are once they are on the board. They are eager to help, but recognize they may not have historical or institutional...

11 Easy Ways To Start a Board Training Program For Your Nonprofit

11 Easy Ways To Start a Board Training Program For Your Nonprofit

Speed of the leader, speed of the team. No organization can succeed, let alone thrive, with weak or untrained leadership. The same holds true for nonprofit boards. One of the most prevalent problems I run into when I speak with executive directors or accept a new...

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