The board of directors of a non-profit organization is composed of people who care about the services provided by the agency. The members of the board demonstrate their commitment not only by contributing financially to the organization but also by a variety of leadership roles they can play. Their credibility is established by their participation in the fundraising efforts of the organization and they build upon this through their involvement in … [Read more...] about Board Members or Members Who Are Bored: Are Lay Leaders Really An Asset to the Non-Profit Organization?
Colleges and universities in America are big business - and big recipients of fundraising dollars. Despite this, it is unusual for the day to day business of these institutions to make the front page of major newspapers, let alone the major philanthropy trade press. Two recently concluded and public cases involved Princeton University and Fisk University. Princeton's multi-year and very public legal dispute with a donors family, heirs to … [Read more...] about Madoff – Lurking in the Background at Brandeis
Decision-making in the non-profit organization (NGO) is not always easy or simple. There are tensions among those who are the professionals and are remunerated for their efforts with a salary and those who are lay leaders and are volunteering their time. Conflicts often arise when there are disagreements concerning policies, practices, financial issues, and a host of challenges that are part of the daily life of an NGO. In many agencies the … [Read more...] about Who is the Boss? This Is Not The Question
by Katya Andresen The funds of the first bailout package—your tax money - went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution? How is the trust level in us? As a “good organization” - aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations. In this environment, … [Read more...] about Transparency is the New Black
A great deal has been written about boards of directors of non-profit organizations, and the discussion often focuses on a number of issues including the role of the board in fundraising; who should be approached to serve on the board; what are the limits of the board’s responsibilities; potential conflicts of interest; fiduciary responsibility; and a host of other concerns. Those most involved in the administration of the organization often … [Read more...] about Strengthening the Board Strengthens the Non-Profit