3 P’s for Nonprofit Planning Success

In any profession, certain words and phrases provoke reactions from cringing to shrieking, eye rolling to angst. For many in organizational leadership, these include audit, grant report, and restricted funding, to name just a few. And…. strategic planning. Perhaps scarred by a past planning effort, many nonprofit leaders and board [...]

How to Wow at Your Next Board Meeting: 4 Tips for Meaningful Money Conversations

Ah, board meetings.  As a nonprofit executive, you understand the importance of board meetings, but you also likely struggle to make them meaningful and engaging. You spend countless hours preparing for each meeting with your staff, but you often wonder if it’s worth it. Are they listening? Is this what [...]

By |2019-07-29T14:25:21-04:00July 30th, 2019|Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Finance|

Nonprofit Accountability Alphabet: RASI, RACI, PACSI

In my last post “Get a GRPI to Improve Your Nonprofit Team,” we discussed how using a Six Sigma tool called a GRPI (which is an acronym for Goals, Roles, Processes and Interpersonal Relationships) can be used to increase the effectiveness of non-profit teams. Today, let’s add more letters to [...]

How to Let Unproductive Board Members Go

I travel across the country doing custom trainings, board retreats and speaking at conferences. When I ask how happy nonprofit staff are with their boards the room gets quiet. People usually complain that board members aren’t fundraising or actively engaged. Most often their low participation often gets traced back to [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:18:33-05:00December 28th, 2018|Nonprofit Boards|

5 Ways to Build Your Board into a Championship Fundraising Team

“A good Board is a victory, not a gift.” - Cyril Houle, Governing Boards      Good boards, like victories, rarely come together by chance. Rather, they are the product of shared commitment to the mission (and to each other), thoughtful planning, and critical processes. Among their many responsibilities, board members [...]

By |2019-01-04T09:53:27-05:00December 21st, 2018|Fundraising, Nonprofit Boards|