On Being The Best Board Chair
March 21, 2017

On Being the Best Board Chair

The now-former board chair of a mid-sized nonprofit organization resigned hastily in frustration. Having identified some management irregularities, he was riding roughshod on the chief executive, who countered with complaints of debilitating micromanagement. Until the chair’s departure, however, the rest of the board remained unaware of any problems. The chair believed it his responsibility to run interference for board members weary from a sustained period of organizational growth, so he withheld his concerns until his exit interview.

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Nonprofit Board Member Duties And Responsibilities Form The Lay Of The Land
February 15, 2017

Nonprofit Board Member Duties and Responsibilities Form the Lay of the Land

Have you ever looked out of an airplane window and marveled at how differently everything looks from an aerial view? You noticed which highways were jammed with traffic and which roads were barren. Maybe you detected a few important landmarks. As a member of a board of directors for a nonprofit organization, you have a duty and a responsibility to examine your organization’s landscape to ensure that the current (and future) landscape is healthy and productive.

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Why Is Board Succession Planning Important?
October 2, 2016

Why is Board Succession Planning Important?

Having term limits is a good way to ensure that a board is actively working on recruitment and succession planning on a continual basis. Boards with and without term limits find that board turnover is a little like the changing of the guard. It’s a regular event. It’s inevitable. It can be somewhat entertaining and you hope it’s never embarrassing.

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Good Corporate Governance: What Does It Really Mean?
September 18, 2016

Good Corporate Governance: What Does It Really Mean?

In July of 2016, thirteen of the top corporate CEO’s issued an open letter to the public entitled Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles. Despite the diversity of the group and varied opinions on specific principles of corporate governance, the group felt it was important to find some common ground at the highest level of corporate structure. Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles is intended to be a starting point for constructive dialogue within all levels of corporations to foster the economic growth among shareholders, employees, and the greater economy.

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Board Of Director Training Materials
September 6, 2016

Board of Director Training Materials

When a board member accepts a new position on a board, it’s rare that the board member knows exactly what to do and how to do it. Active board members will get up to speed quickly on their own, but there’s no question that a strong orientation primes new board members for their duties. Regular training keeps them invested in staying active and fulfilling their roles on the board, in committees, and networking outside of board duties. Orientation and training creates opportunities for new members to get acquainted and begin networking with other board members, management, vendors, and employees.

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A Board Self-Assessment Checklist
September 4, 2016

A Board Self-Assessment Checklist

Only about half of boards use a formal, written self-assessment tool to evaluate their board’s effectiveness. That number is surprisingly low considering that doing self-assessments can be the catalyst that takes a board from stagnant and boring to vibrant and thriving. Non-profit organizations may think they don’t need to perform evaluations on the board or the board members, but non-profit boards have just as much to benefit from a productive board of directors as any other organization.

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