By Amy Asin Throughout the years, the URJ has learned that questions about congregational governance keep congregational leaders up at night. In fact, for the past four years, it has consistently been one of the top categories of questions asked to the URJ Knowledge Network … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Principles of Congregational Governance
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 … [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 s … [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 … [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 … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Executive Committees: Striking the Right Balance