By Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD Are you taking advantage of the summer to plan for your board's year? During this quieter time, I suggest taking these six actions to set your board up for a successful year to come. Establish board goals and key dates. The board chair and CEO or executive director meet to outline board goals for the year and to iron out board meeting, retreat and other key dates etc. It may also be a chance to schedule the … [Read more...] about Six Actions to Take Now to Optimize Your Board for the Year
By David Mersky Emergency leadership transition management has been on my mind ever since the tragic, untimely death last month of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z”l, may his memory be for a blessing, the 12th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. As soon as shiva had passed the leadership of the College-Institute named Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., its Chancellor Emeritus as the Interim President. Dr. Ellenson had … [Read more...] about Does Your Organization Have an Emergency Leadership Transition Management Plan?
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?