Governance

How to Build a Fundraising Dream Team

Doug Green // Friday, July 20, 2018

How to Build a Fundraising Dream Team

No matter how much we want every board member to be all-in on fundraising, it may be that what you need to build to actually get money in the door is a fundraising Dream Team. And, you may need to look beyond your board to make it happen.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, committee structure, donors, fund deveopment, fundraising, resources

Three Keys to Unlocking Board Participation in Fundraising

Doug Green // Thursday, July 12, 2018

Three Keys to Unlocking Board Participation in Fundraising

When it comes to involvement in fundraising there are a number of near constants: Nearly all board members want to be helpful, most staff members think their board members aren’t doing enough, and there is a general air of dissatisfaction surrounding the whole fundraising enterprise. What’s a leader to do?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, fundraising

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

La Piana Consulting // Monday, October 16, 2017

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

If you have heard this sentiment before, or if you share it yourself, perhaps it's just time to try a different approach.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: strategy

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 4, 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
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