Getting Past the Chicken-and-Egg Cycle of Nonprofit Strategic Planning Skepticism

There is a lot of room for improvement in the usual nonprofit strategic planning process; so much so that current approaches can create fiduciary and organizational risk. Root causes are not hard to find. To start, many organizations see these plans as a box to check, something to pull together every few years, toss on …

Massachusetts’s Nonprofit Boardrooms: Is It Time Yet?

Over the past 10 years there has been virtually no positive change in the composition of the C-Suites of the largest MA nonprofits, leaving incredible talent and opportunity on the table. The details are here, in The Boston Club's 2019 biennial Census of Nonprofit Board CEO's and Boards. Intentional Nonprofit Board Service, authored by Lisa …

Improve Your Nonprofit Board for Maximum Impact

First published in Mass Nonprofit News Expert Advice , March 13, 2019. Maximizing board effectiveness is absolutely essential to nonprofit success, but hoping that your board will operate as a highly effective executive team won't make it happen. Highly effective boards add tremendous value to the organizations they govern and grow. They can spot opportunities …

Be a Great Steward of Financial Sustainability

First Published as "Make Your Nonprofit Financially Sustainable" in NonProfitPRO on December 6, 2018. You know that delivering on your organization’s mission over time requires financial resources. The alternative is not pretty—no money, no mission, as it is said. As a board member, one of the most important components of your governance role is to …

Achieving Fundraising Success, Part III- Concluding Your Campaign

This three-part article series provides advice to help your nonprofit achieve fundraising gold by equipping your board and leadership teams, safeguarding compliance, and mining giving data. In Part 3, our experts, Lisa Cohen, CEO of Capital Motion, Gail Snow Moraski, Principal of Results Communication and Research, and Brock Klinger, Account Executive at Harbor Compliance, provide best practices for …

Achieving Fundraising Gold, Part II- Building Momentum

This three-part article series provides advice to help your nonprofit achieve fundraising gold by equipping your board and leadership teams, safeguarding compliance, and mining giving data. In Part 2, our experts, Lisa Cohen, CEO of Capital Motion, Gail Snow Moraski, Principal of Results Communication and Research, and Brock Klinger, Account Executive at Harbor Compliance, answer questions about building …

Achieving Fundraising Gold, Part I- Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Campaign

This three-part article series provides advice to help your nonprofit achieve fundraising gold by equipping your board and leadership teams, safeguarding compliance, and mining giving data. The series will cover best practices during three key fundraising phases: laying the groundwork for a successful campaign, building momentum as the campaign progresses, and concluding in a way …

Overcoming Nonprofit Board Resistance #changeforgood

A favorite quip (in my notes, it is attributed to SNL) goes like this: It’s a good idea; But it’s a new idea; Therefore, we fear it; Therefore, we must reject it. If that resonates with you relative to your board work, your board may have resistance-itis. When experiencing nonprofit board resistance, you’ll know it, you’ll …

Avoiding the Potholes of Dysfunctional Boards

  One of the interesting questions in nonprofit board development is whether private sector boards work “better” than nonprofit boards. While you might think that having everyone pulling in one direction—profit making—would mean that a board would be easier to manage—I would point you to Exhibit A, Uber. Enough said. In my experience, tax status—for-profit or …