Category: Board Leadership

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members: What Is the Most Important Characteristic to Seek?You’re recruiting board members. Which of the following represents the top trait to pursue?

  1. Candidates with high-net-worth who can make large donations,
  2. Individuals who know lots of people who will make lots of introductions,
  3. People who work well with others, or
  4. Something else.

The Answer

The answer is d. Something else. While having board members with means, great connections and people skills represent desirable characteristics, you need members who can think strategically.

Why are people who think strategically so valuable …

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Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

Learn from My Error and Create a Board that Governs

Why Does Your Board Micromanage?

It was a beautiful August morning. Twenty campers and four counselors outfitted in orange lifejackets paddled silver canoes across a glassy blue lake in northern New Hampshire.

We pulled up to a sand spit. As we unloaded, I, one of the junior counselors, muttered, “I wish I had a brownie. We should have brought snacks.”

In response, all twenty campers moaned in unison about their starvation.

I wanted to stuff …

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The Board vs. Staff Game

The Board vs. Staff Game: Replacing Divide and Conquer with Let’s Make Millions Together

The Board vs. Staff GameIt started with a threat, from a board member in the midst of a board meeting.

“If she doesn’t produce in a year, she’s out of here.”

Thirty seconds. Sixty seconds.

Silence hung in the room like fog at dawn.

I was beginning my third job with a nonprofit. The first two positions were highly-sought-after spots with low-pay and high-perks.

This job was different.

This nonprofit hired me after a near-unanimous vote, which the executive director explained, “was pretty unusual …

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How Can You Recruit Fabulous Board Members?

Since your board will be your boss, you want to create a great one. How can you do that? In this quick video, Karen’s advice helps you to get started creating the board of your dreams.

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How to Help Your Board Stay in the Governance Lane Added Value Video

How to Help Your Board Stay in the Governance Lane: Added Value Video

Does your nonprofit board meander out of its lane? Does it micromanage staff, and dive into operations issues? This video will help you lead your board to develop strategy, policy, and improve the CEO’s effectiveness instead.

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How Can You Have Great Board Meetings?: Added Value Video

Do you want great board meetings with good outcomes? Listen to these four practical, specific, and easy things you can do to create them.


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Money or Board Diversity Do We Have to Choose?

Q: To diversify our boards, should we expect board members to participate on the same monetary level or make exceptions?   

The answer to this question requires some perspective, history, and strategic thinking. We start with the perspective.

What behind the soaring interest in diversity?

  • Facts: The US population is growing older, bigger and more diverse.
  • Studies: A 2017 BoardSource’s Leading with Intent report found that board diversity either stagnated or declined since 1994.
  • Experience: Scan the crowd at nonprofit leadership
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Give, Get, or Grow a Hero: Toward a New Vision for Your Nonprofit Board

You’ve heard it said that board members should give, get, or get off. What if we, as nonprofit leaders, offered a better, third option?

The expression, of course, means that board member should give their own money, help the nonprofit to get money, or depart the board. I don’t have a problem with the give or get part. It’s the “get off” always rubs me the wrong way.

Don’t misunderstand my discomfort. Board members must give. Boards need to help …

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Lasso the Future: Moving Your Noncommittal Board Candidates Off the Fence

Today’s the day. You plan to ask a candidate whom you’ve vetted and wooed for months to serve on your board. You plan what to say if they answer yes or no. But how will you respond if they tell you, “I want to think about it?” How will you graciously allow think-time but avoid holding open space for them “just in case,” while the candidate slowly disappears off your radar screen?

You pursued this candidate for what they can …

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How to Ask Your Board to Help with Fundraising Today & Get Profitable Results

Your board wants to help lead you to greater fiscal health. You want the same thing. Why then do so many CEOs tell me they’re disappointed in the board support they receive when it comes to generating income?

Often, boards don’t understand what you mean by “help.”

So they:

  • Interpret their roles as advisory and recommend tag sales, grants, and strong-arming new homebuyers with estates
  • Ignore your request and wait for another task they better understand
  • Decide you have the
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