Succession Planning – It’s Not All About You

At some point, every organization will face the challenges of a change in leadership. Though many of these transitions are anticipated – like when a CEO or board chair retires – other times, agencies are faced with the task of filling an unexpected opening. Nonprofit organizations are known for doing their best to provide stellar […]

What to Consider Before Joining a Nonprofit Board of Directors

You have just been invited to join a respected nonprofit’s board of directors. Sounds flattering, right? Absolutely – and it should be. Nonprofit organizations provide critical services to those in need and have the ability to change lives, add culture, and/or improve our environment for the better. However, before immediately accepting this key position within […]

Board members (and staff) involved in the accreditation process will have a hand in improving and influencing the future of the organization.

Getting Your Board on Board for Accreditation

Organizations with a corporate governing board (whether a nonprofit’s board of directors or a for-profit’s board of advisors/trustees), should be sure to actively include this group in the run-up to national accreditation. Having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then […]

Motivating Staff Beyond Money

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Your organization’s strength lies not just in the mission, but in those who support and promote your goals. How do you ensure that they don’t burn out, and keep them motivated and committed to the mission? How […]

The Art of Taking Minutes

Have you ever been in a board meeting and looked around to see that no one was taking notes on what was being said in the meeting? Or have you sat down at the beginning of a meeting and heard the question, “So, who’s taking minutes today?” Minutes are incredibly important to any board meeting […]

Succession Planning – Part II

Nonprofit organizations are particularly known for doing their best to provide stellar services to those in need while working with limited funding and, often, fewer human resources than the typical for-profit company. It’s the nature of the business, as they say. While this may be true, philanthropic organizations still face the challenges that all organizations […]

Building a Valued Nonprofit Begins on the Inside

A nonprofit’s success is measured in a variety of ways: mission fulfillment, fundraising capacity, volunteerism – the list is limitless. However your nonprofit defines its accomplishments, have you considered that these achievements actually begin on the inside? Identifying and cultivating your nonprofit’s internal value will strengthen your agency for years to come. Shared Sense of […]