By Robert Hyfler, PhD Summertime soldiers need not apply. When you accept a position on a board or governance committee you sanctify the communal space through your commitment, energy and good will. Indeed, to call you a volunteer does little justice to your role. You are a financially unremunerated professional and must hold yourself to the highest standards of the call to serve. Always remember that you have entered into a contract … [Read more...] about The Special Calling of the Organizational Volunteer: A Note of Gratitude and Encouragement
By Kathy Cohen, Ph.D. and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD When nonprofit organizations had boards of 50, 80 or even 100 people, the actual work of the board was done by executive committees. This made sense because it is nearly impossible to have meaningful conversations in groups that large. Over the last decade, we have seen a progressive and beneficial trend of boards downsizing with most boards ranging from 13 to 23 members. Given these … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Executive Committees: Striking the Right Balance
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