It’s All About Mitigating Risk – Technology Plans and Accreditation

Every successful organization needs a comprehensive, carefully planned, effective risk management program; one that not only focuses on risks related to finances, insurance levels, human resource practices, etc., but includes a thorough review of information and technology management risks.  This is true whether an organization is seeking accreditation or not, as there is always risk involved when talking about technology. One component to help control risk and plan for future organizational growth is the development of a formal written information … Continue reading

Pro-active Measures to Keep Cyber Criminals Out

I have the perfect 100% guarantee to protect your information systems from ANY cyber-attack. You will pay me handsomely for my solution too. Here it is: Cut the power cord on your PC and bury everything in concrete. Problem solved! Ha, hack that hackers! Although this drastic measure is theoretically effective, it’s obviously a non-starter. However, the idea does illustrate a greater and more important point: if your systems are powered up and connected in some way to the Internet, … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Join a Nonprofit Board Without Directors and Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Insurance You’re feeling philanthropic; you want to give your time so you accept an invitation to sit on a nonprofit board of directors of a meaningful organization you’ve supported for many years. Then, imagine there’s an allegation against the organization and you’re named in the lawsuit because you’re a member of the board of directors. “Wait, I didn’t sign up for this!” But in reality, you did. Why? Because you’re on the board of directors and are … Continue reading

Maintenance of Accreditation Key to Continued Achievement

Accreditation is an exceptional accomplishment for an organization. Awarded by an independent accrediting body, accreditation validates that an organization has effectively met designated national industry standards and is appropriately fulfilling its mission. Becoming accredited is a significant investment of time, effort and a multitude of resources dedicated to earning this distinction. Reaccreditation is a process that typically takes place every three or four years (depending on the accrediting body) and also must be earned via a thorough review process of … Continue reading

Get Your Nonprofit’s Resolutions Ready for the New Year

Soon we will be ringing in a brand new year and with it our many hopes for a mission-filled 2016! To prepare your nonprofit to begin its best year yet, December offers a terrific opportunity to develop those ‘resolutions’ that will guide the way. Start at the top and create a board of directors that reflects the specific needs of your nonprofit – Bring on members who are best able to help achieve the agency’s mission. This includes seeking out … Continue reading

Age Diversity Key Consideration in Building Modern, Effective Nonprofit Boards

Boards of directors are key participants in every nonprofit and are very often vetted through a rigorous selection process before being invited to join the organization. Most potential board members are ideally considered based upon strategic criteria including: professional experience and expertise, community ties, a personal connection to those the agency serves, and factors relating to diversity such as gender or ethnicity. As nonprofits continue to become more modern and technologically savvy, the meaning of diversity also must evolve to … Continue reading

Succession Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

Every nonprofit organization will, at some point, be faced with the challenge of a change in leadership. While many of these transitions are anticipated as when a leader retires, other times an agency is faced with the dilemma of filling an unexpected opening. The key to making any leadership change a seamless process for staff and clients alike is to have thoughtfully developed a succession plan that will guide your decisions. We offer the following succession planning considerations that can … Continue reading

Benefits of National Accreditation

Becoming accredited offers human service organizations professional recognition for meeting the highest standards in quality service delivery while providing clients with an appropriate tool for effectively evaluating service providers. Organizations that achieve accreditation have reached beyond the minimum licensing standards and made a long-term commitment to strong management, program consistency, outcome measurements and continuous improvement throughout their agencies. Accreditation takes an agency through a process that goes above and beyond being licensed. In addition to improving agency administration through enhanced … Continue reading

Find Your Next Nonprofit Board Member through LinkedIn

Most people are familiar with LinkedIn serving as a platform dedicated to helping people leverage their personal contacts for professional gain. What seems to be less known is that LinkedIn can be a great source for seeking out qualified, appropriate new nonprofit board of director members for virtually any type of agency. Nonprofit leaders often find that looking for a nonprofit board member can be a time-consuming and often frustrating experience. Launched in 2012, LinkedIn’s service, LinkedIn Board Connect, aims to … Continue reading

Maintenance of Accreditation

The start of the New Year is the perfect opportunity to take stock of how well accreditation is being implemented throughout your organization and to proactively prepare for re-accreditation. Accreditation Guru has a Maintenance of Accreditation Plan that is designed to help properly maintain accreditation, including a strong focus on performance and quality improvement (PQI), risk management and annual accreditation reporting requirements. My suggestion is to start the year off right and take the initiative when it comes to the maintenance … Continue reading