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Surviving in Nonprofit Crisis: Now What?

Surviving in Nonprofit Crisis: Now What?

Nonprofit leadership in the best of times is challenging... but leading in nonprofit crisis? This might seem almost impossible. We've survived a few weeks of what we thought would be the toughest... but it seems we're not even close yet. So... now what? That is the...

Surviving in Crisis: 10 Ways to Help Your Nonprofit

Surviving in Crisis: 10 Ways to Help Your Nonprofit

Last week, I shared some lessons learned while leading a company through Y2K. It was a rocky experience...Nothing like the virus threat we face today, but threatening in a different way, nonetheless. Leading a nonprofit through turbulence like this can be incredibly...

Nonprofit Leadership in Times of Crisis

Nonprofit Leadership in Times of Crisis

The last few weeks have felt like living in a whirlwind. It's only gaining speed, with more and more questions surfacing every day. It can be an incredibly difficult situation for all leadership, but especially for nonprofit leaders. When uncertainty and a lack of...

Want a Better Board of Directors?

Want a Better Board of Directors?

Start with incredible board members.   Having a reliable board of directors is key to a well run agency, and I'm often asked what makes a high-value board member. This question usually comes from a board chair or CEO who has or anticipates having one or more...

Nonprofit Management: 3 Keys to Success

Nonprofit Management: 3 Keys to Success

3 Things That Will Help You Master Nonprofit Management   Many people think that great leaders are born, not made... And sure, I believe some people may be born with some of the key character traits of a leader... But I firmly believe that great leaders can be...

Leadership Development: Important vs. Urgent

Leadership Development: Important vs. Urgent

Going through the motions of Leadership Development. When I first became a CEO, my biggest surprise was the speed in which important issues came to me and had to be addressed. This sudden load of problems can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. It seemed that...

Nonprofit Resources: 3 Free Downloads to Make Your Agency Better

Nonprofit Resources: 3 Free Downloads to Make Your Agency Better

Managing nonprofit resources can be one of the most difficult and yet rewarding experiences for a leader. There are numerous demands on your time, and some days the problems and challenges can seem endless.  Today I want to help make your life easier, by providing...

Ready for Change: The Role of a Board of Directors

Ready for Change: The Role of a Board of Directors

The role of a Board of Directors has remained the same over the years...for the most part. A board sets the direction, raises funds, provides financial and program oversight, and ensures all laws and regulations are followed. However, what has changed is the level of...

Nonprofit Leadership: The 11 Characteristics You Need for Impact

Nonprofit Leadership: The 11 Characteristics You Need for Impact

Is Your Nonprofit Leadership the best it can be?  In my experience in working with leaders, there are a few characteristics that I have found to set a great leader apart from the rest, as well as predict their likelihood of success. I call these the 11 Characteristics...

Great Nonprofit Leadership: Do You Have What it Takes?

Great Nonprofit Leadership: Do You Have What it Takes?

Great Nonprofit leadership comes into play in every aspect of your day, as it's essential to your team's success. When I took on a role as CEO, it seemed my team frequently faced some important and complex matters. Many of these involving our clients, team, or...

Step 1 in Leadership Development: Know Yourself

Step 1 in Leadership Development: Know Yourself

When we think Leadership Development, we often think of others first... But sometimes we over look a critical element -- knowing ourselves... When I first became the CEO of an organization, I was very excited and confident. I knew what needed to be done and was quite...

2020: New Year, Bigger Nonprofit Impact

2020: New Year, Bigger Nonprofit Impact

Will 2020 be a success for your agency? With 2019 quickly coming to an end, most of us are tying up loose ends and putting the finishing touches on our 2020 plans, goals, and budgets for nonprofit impact. Maybe you're even making a couple of last minute phone calls...

Are Giving Trends Changing?

Are Giving Trends Changing?

I recently read an article about giving trends in Giving USA stating that 2018 donations fell by an inflation-adjusted 1.7% over 2017. Without a doubt, $427.71 billion is still a whole lot of money for charity. However, no one wants to see backsliding in our levels of...

Nonprofit Governance: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

Nonprofit Governance: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

Why are some nonprofit agencies so successful, how do they run so smoothly, and how does the board and staff work so well together? It begins with mutual appreciation and respect for one another, as well as excellent communication within the agency. In addition, the...

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...

Does Your Leadership Style Matter?

Does Your Leadership Style Matter?

If you're like most nonprofit leaders, you've likely gone through your fair share of leadership skills training such as marketing, budgeting, goal setting, etc. However, you may never have made it a priority to look within...

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)...

I’ve Written a New Book!

I’ve Written a New Book!

IT'S HERE!! It is with great excitement that I announce the arrival of my second book! This book focuses solely on nonprofit leadership, with the ins and outs of how to successfully achieve and maintain a leadership position. I really wanted this book to be different!...

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