Category: Volunteers

30 Oct

Out of Bounds

In my 20s, I was a young lawyer, and a board member and chair of the legal committee of the board. During my first year, a gentleman, who had...

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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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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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28 Feb

Finding Our Ball in the Pool

Having just returned from the vacation, I was struck by how effortlessly my kids always seem to strike up a game of catch in the pool with any and...

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06 Feb

Before You Say "Yes" to the Board Position

As a consultant to nonprofits, I spend a lot of time helping boards to clearly articulate their roles and responsibilities for board service and advising nominating (or leadership development) committees...

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03 Aug

Volunteer Engagement Today: Committee Volunteers, Task Force Members and Volunteer Task Rabbit

My dear friend Simi Kaplin Baer texted me yesterday to ask an important question.  Why doesn’t the nonprofit organization which she is deeply involved with as a volunteer understand that she is happy to...

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22 Mar

Looking Under the Hood

There are a few scenarios that have presented themselves lately which have caused me to wonder: Should an organization let a donor or prospective donor, or a respected community...

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24 Mar

A Formula for Empowered Leadership

This article originally appeared on eJewishPhilanthropy at http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/formula-for-empowered-leadership/ Phew, your leadership development or nominating committee filled all the open seats on your board. What a relief! Sadly, too many...

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07 Jan

Planning Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings

Part of our duty to nonprofit board members is to ensure that their valuable and donated time is both respected and well-spent. To that end, successful board leadership requires...

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18 Dec

Creating a Board Book

In my new book, On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service, I recommend making a board book for each member of...

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