Category: Board Leadership

A Team of Relationships

A Team of Relationships | What Lincoln Teaches Us About Creating Successful Boards

A Team of RelationshipsOne of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book’s Team of Rivals explores how Lincoln selected and worked with a cabinet composed, among others, of three gifted competitors for the presidency. You, like Lincoln, seek to build a team. Only in your case, you don’t gather rivals. To form your board, you organize gifted individuals to form a team of relationships.

In her book, Goodwin writes about the meetings Lincoln had with his cabinet collectively and individually. You already hold regular board meetings. …

view article


#37 How Boards Help to Raise Money with Asking for a Dime

How Boards Help to Raise Money Without Asking for a Dime

Some individuals including board members refuse to ask for money. What can people do who will do anything, but ask for a donation to support fundraising? A lot. This video includes just three of Karen’s ideas.

If you have any advice on how to grow nonprofit resources and revenue, please leave a comment under this post to share them with others.

If you’re not already an Added Value Video subscriber, sign up for your own free subscription so you won’t …

view article


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 …

view article


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 …

view article


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 …

view article


how recruit fab. board members #17AVV Cover (22)

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.

If you have any advice on how to grow nonprofit resources and revenue, please leave a comment under this post to share them with others.

If you’re not already an Added Value Video subscriber, sign up for your own free subscription so you won’t …

view article


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.

If you have any advice on how to grow nonprofit resources and revenue, please leave a comment under this post to share them with others.

If you’re not already an Added Value Video subscriber, sign up for your own free subscription so you won’t …

view article


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.


If you have any advice on how to grow nonprofit resources and revenue, please leave a comment under this post to share them with others.

If you’re not already an Added Value Video subscriber, sign up for your own free subscription so you won’t miss out on future tips.

Follow this link for Your FREE subscription

view article


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
view article


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 …

view article