Category: Boards

24 Aug

What Successful Nonprofit Board Presidents Wish They Knew Before Their Terms

This article originally appeared on eJPhilanthropy By Kathy Cohen, PhD and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD There is no shortage of advice on how to lead a nonprofit board....

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15 Aug

Want to be Truly Empowered? Learn to Fundraise

I spend a lot of time talking about fundraising or financial resource development, a term I prefer. People always look at me with such surprise when I tell them...

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10 Jul

Setting Goals WITH Your New Executive, Not FOR Your New Executive

This article originally appeared in eJP. By Kathleen Fromm Cohen, PhD and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD In the healthiest of organizations, the board, the staff, and other key...

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06 Jul

7 Key Components to Creating or Supercharging Your Ambassadorship Program

Does your organization want more customers or members? Putting in place an ambassadorship program is a relatively inexpensive and an effective way to create buzz and increase your number...

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03 Jul

The False Dichotomy Between Being a Working Board or a Governing Board

Small nonprofit boards sometimes characterize themselves as working boards. This terminology is misleading. Members of any board, no matter the size or maturity of the nonprofit, need to work. What a...

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20 Jun

Management vs. Governance

Even though it is the beginning of the summer, I am already planning for late summer and early fall board retreats. There are many components of a good board...

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30 May

Build a Culture of Ambassadorship

If you have spent any considerable time in the nonprofit space, you have undoubtedly heard the phrase, “culture of philanthropy.” In short, in organizations with an evolved culture of...

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16 Mar

7 Tips for Board Meeting Optimization

Board meetings sometimes should be called “bored meetings”. Some executives and leaders just check-off preparing for and hosting board meetings like another to do on a long list. And...

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12 Mar

Synagogue Self-Assessment: Are you Positioned to Survive or Thrive?

Synagogues no longer can take for granted business as usual. To assess your synagogue’s real situation, start with an honest assessment using the questions below in partnership with your...

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06 Mar

Leadership Succession: Familiar Steps

One of the key things I advise clients when planning for leadership succession is to treat the process like you would fundraising. Prospect Create a pool of potential leaders based...

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