Governance

Seven Success Factors for Adopting an Advocacy Strategy

Doug Green // Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Seven Success Factors for Adopting an Advocacy Strategy

How can nonprofits successfully navigate the transition from a traditional direct-service role to advocate for systems-level change? This post describes key conditions for effective advocacy.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: advocacy, civic engagement, policy, social justice, social sector, strategy

Streamlining Board Committees

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, November 14, 2016

Streamlining Board Committees

Client Experiences with the “Three-Committee” Board Structure
Streamlining your board committees can result in reduced demands on board members and staff, closer ties to board leadership, and more intentional links between committee work and board agendas. But there's more to it. In this post, we caught up with three nonprofit leaders to learn from their experiences with the "three-committee" structure and what it has meant for their organizations — including its place as a part of larger efforts around board development and effectiveness.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, committee structure

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

In this interview, Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of BoardSource, talks with us about the organization's strategic direction, what it is learning, and its new initiatives to strengthen and support nonprofit leaders.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: accountability, advocacy, board development, diversity, initiatives, strategy

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

Board members play a unique and integral role in identifying collaboration as a strategic option, exploring opportunities, and negotiating meaningful partnerships that can advance the organization's mission.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategy

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Vance Yoshida // Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Boards set the tone for overall nonprofit performance. Great boards add significant value that can be measured in terms of organizational resources, organizational performance, and organizational influence. But it isn’t easy. In this post, we outline seven practices that help boards excel.

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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

Some time ago we posted a blog on how nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs can partner more effectively, and learned that there’s a real appetite for resources on this topic. That’s why we’re looking forward to this weekend’s launch of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Read our mini-review here, and be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Governance, Leadership
Tags: resources, social sector

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Building a pipeline of young leaders who have the capacity — or willingness — to give time, talent, and treasure to nonprofit boards is one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit organizations. The fact is that these individuals are, by nature, feral in their outlook on life and work. Less structure is more, and commitment is fleeting. So, how might the nonprofit sector adapt to capitalize on the considerable talents of feral board members — of any age? Perhaps it’s time for a new board paradigm….

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Trends
Tags: board development, generational shift, innovation

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

The effective sharing, communication, and analysis of information is the fulcrum upon which the rest of a board’s performance hinges. Our technology-enabled information economy poses as many opportunities for more effective communication as it presents challenges: we have more tools at our disposal to share information, but less bandwidth to filter, absorb, and give thought to this information to turn it into decisions, actions, and results.

As nonprofit boards take stock of their priorities for the coming year, we suggest lifting up communication as an area to examine.

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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting

The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

La Piana Consulting // Friday, November 01, 2013

The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

We regularly remark upon the significance of a great CEO-board chair relationship. A strong, well-functioning board is one of a nonprofit’s most important assets, and one that is often underutilized. It’s only when the CEO and board chair work in concert to support and develop their board, that they get the most out of this valuable resource.


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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development

When Bigger Isn’t Better

David La Piana // Thursday, October 17, 2013

When Bigger Isn’t Better
Americans like things big. Everything from our kitchen appliances to our cars seems to be bigger than what is considered normal in the rest of the world. So we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that our nation’s democratic traditions require big boards. But do bigger boards really lead to better governance, truer representation of constituents, and more effective fundraising—or do they produce just the opposite effect?

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting
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