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Remote Board Meetings in the Midst of COVID-19 and Beyond

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published interim guidance for businesses and employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by managing risks of potential exposure. One measure the CDC is recommending is social distancing (remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance from others when possible). However, nonprofit boards must continue to govern, and meetings may be even more critical for direct service providers during these difficult times.  The[…]
By Paddy Morton | March 26, 2020 Read More>

Four Things Your Nonprofit’s Board of Directors Should Do to Start Out the New Year by Embracing Best Practices

There is more to running an ethical, accountable, and transparent nonprofit than just legal and accounting requirements. Boards of directors can set the tone for the organization by conducting regular reviews of core governing and operating policies and procedures. Check out these four things your board of directors can do to embrace ethical, accountable, and transparent values in the new year.[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 31, 2019 Read More>

Managing Difficult Board Members

You know who they are.They engage in sidebar conversations with other board members or even the members about what they think is wrong with the board or the executive director or the organization in general. They joined the board simply to promote themselves or their business and then come up with schemes to get the organization to buy their services or products. They ask for special favors such as upgraded airfare or free tickets to a fundraising event or free products from vendors. They[…]
By Bunnie Riedel | June 28, 2017 Read More>

Understanding Nonprofit Obstacles: What Headwinds Do Your Clients Face?

When you travel from New York to London, the shortest flight is about 6 hours and 45 minutes. When you return, the shortest flight is an hour longer. Flying east, we have tailwinds helping us along. Flying west, we’re pushing against headwinds.Every time we make a plan, we’re also making assumptions. Some assumptions are simple and pretty universal – we all experience headwinds and tailwinds in flight.But other times we are making assumptions based on our own experiences, sometimes unaware of[…]
By Susan Detwiler | June 28, 2017 Read More>

Nonprofit Board Effectiveness: Making Every Board Better by Modelling and Monitoring a Culture of Integrity

The following post about nonprofit board effectiveness was written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Bill Musick and is part of our “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence” blog series, celebrating ten years of the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant program. Bill is certified in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance, and certified as a Governance Trainer by BoardSource.  He has presented nationally, and is a contributing author to: YOU and Your Nonprofit[…]
By Bill Musick | September 13, 2016 Read More>

NANOE: New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit – A Review

This NANOE review originally appeared on Maryland Nonprofits blog. Read the original post at Nonprofit leaders who haven’t found the time to make their way through the 111-page nonprofit manifesto released by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) will be forgiven. No worries, I am here for you. I present to you a high-level overview and a short review.There has been some puzzlement and a lot of questions about emails that started[…]
By Melissa Sines | September 07, 2016 Read More>