December 29, 2015
How Does Your Board Answer: How Shall We Raise Money?

Which of the following most closely matches the content of your board’s income discussions? Let’s have a garage sale. Let’s get a grant. Let’s find[…]

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October 13, 2015
Why Do Strategic Plans Fail?

I just completed helping a board develop a strategic plan. As a follow-up, I wanted to help them (and you) prepare for the challenges of[…]

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September 14, 2015
Have You’ve Created an Income Strategy or a Hope?

“Basically, our strategic plan,” Peggy explained in her offices on a recent sultry afternoon, “states that we’ll raise the money.”   What about your strategic[…]

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April 21, 2015
Why Do People Join Nonprofit Boards?

Why do people join your board? They believe in the distinctive way you fulfill your mission. That’s the answer you want. It’s rarely so simple[…]

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March 5, 2015
10 Ways Board Members Can Increase a Nonprofit’s Credibility

Most nonprofit leaders hope that you’ll get involved with their organization because of your passion for their cause and approach. They hope the fact that[…]

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January 8, 2015
Help My Boards Eager, Confused, & Anxious about Income!

Marketers recommend that we select three words to describe ourselves. If you had to choose words to describe your board’s attitude about fundraising, what words[…]

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March 7, 2014
Must Your Board Have Affluence and Influence?

Last month, I served on a panel with Terrie Temkin and Brian Foss, moderated by Ellen Bristol. We discussed the book we all contributed to[…]

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February 27, 2014
Why Does Having the Right Strategy Matter?

The other day, after a struggle, I developed a new strategy. A friend commented on how excited I was– on “the lightness in my being,”[…]

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February 6, 2014
You Can Help Your Board Work Better Together

You want your board’s support. You want them to work together well. What works? Could you help them to know each other? Help them learn[…]

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November 22, 2013
How to Make Progress on a Board Goal in 5 Minutes

Julia Koch, Director of Development & Advocacy at The Hope Project, Muskegon, MI, recently asked, “Do you have any suggestions for 5-minute training during board[…]

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