Second in a Two-Part Series (you can read part 1 here) By Avrum Lapin Successful nonprofits are, by definition, mission driven. Mission creep can be gradual, an erosion over time of a nonprofit’s core, slowly drifting away. Or it can be a dramatic shift that occurs with a change in leadership or the acceptance of a new major gift. It often well-intentioned, as it can come from a desire and passion to serve more people or to expand the … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: It’s in the House… What do we do?
First of a Two-Part Series (you can read part 2 here) By Avrum Lapin What is Mission Creep? Among nonprofits, and in the for profit sector, mission creep is an often irresistible force that expands or changes an organization’s primary focus to something that is different than the original mission. These changes threaten to damage the organization and pull time, personnel and resources away from its core purpose and values. For a nonprofit, … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: Understand it; Know it; Resist it
By Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD and Kathy Cohen, PhD A typical challenge that many of our coaching clients bring to us is managing complicated trustees. Board members who sit on boards and don’t perform is a challenge known to almost every board, especially when it comes to their roles as fiduciaries, ambassadors and fundraisers. And while there are a myriad of books on “good governance” practices for boards, there is actually little strategic … [Read more...] about Board Members Behaving Badly
Board members and professionals alike have not established a culture which allows for board members to actually “show up.” By Alicia S. Oberman This is how Jerry Maguire refers to the “mission statement” he writes in Cameron Crowe’s 1996 movie. Jerry’s title of the piece, “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business,” has been a constant refrain repeating itself over and over in my head over the last year. I gather … [Read more...] about ‘A Love Letter to the Business I Truly Love’
By Kathy Cohen, PhD and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD There is no shortage of advice on how to lead a nonprofit board. We have all heard that nonprofit board chairs should get to know their trustees, be ambassadors and advocates for the organization, and develop strong relationships with the executive director. This is very good advice and frankly, first time nonprofit board chairs are often well aware of these useful tips long before their … [Read more...] about What Successful Nonprofit Board Presidents Wish They Knew Before Their Terms