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 nonprofit—is …

Finding Common Ground Between Nonprofit Board and Leadership

There is no question that one of the biggest challenges in nonprofit board and leadership work is… people. Because people are also who make up nonprofit board and leadership teams—and who makes the work so good, too. It helps to have some good and effective ways to untangle things. Often there is a level of …

Rethink Nonprofit Board Fundraising

As an executive director or development professional who has experienced the frustration of dealing with nonprofit board fundraising or asking your board to raise money for your organization, you are not alone. Moving past this obstacle doesn’t require a magic wand; if you can believe it, it may work better in some cases to have …

Beyond Fundraising: Board Members as Ambassadors

This Capital Motion Blog post appeared as an article in the February 27th edition of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Sector News Nonprofit 411.  Nonprofit boards of directors have two key areas of responsibility: governance and fundraising. Governance has a set of responsibilities that are required and must be completed by each board. Fundraising could be more generally …