4 Tips For Managing Nonprofit Committees

Katherine TurnerBoard of Directors

Nonprofit Committee

“Death by committee” is a phrase used to describe the failure of a project or initiative due to its assignment to a committee. Though many projects have no doubt “passed away” because of mismanagement,  committees are commonly used by nonprofits to effectively advance the mission of the organization. Most nonprofits have committees associated with their board. They often correspond to … Read More

Is a Board Portal the Best Option for your Nonprofit Board?

Katherine TurnerBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Tech

Nonprofit Board

Last week I attended an educational seminar regarding nonprofit board of directors best practices put on by Business Volunteers Unlimited. The board members who attended were there to swap ideas and habits to better their own board. We all filled out a questionnaire which we then compared to a national survey from Stanford on Leadership and Management in the Nonprofit … Read More

How to Avoid Nonprofit Board Burnout

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors

burnout

Between work responsibilities, volunteer and networking opportunities, personal commitments, and more, board members lead busy lives. As a nonprofit leader, it’s up to you to keep your board members motivated and excited about your mission. But, it may be hard to do when members are feeling overworked and bogged down. Over time, this leads to general disinterest in and frustration with board activities. Members may … Read More

The Makeup of the Ideal Board Member

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors

The following is an excerpt of a blog post written by Brian Sooy, President of Aespire, and author of “Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto,” in which he recounts his decade of work on a nonprofit board of directors. The members of the boards I serve on embody character and leadership qualities that put the organization’s interests ahead of their own as … Read More

How to Avoid Nonprofit Board Burnout

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors

burnout

Between work responsibilities, volunteer and networking opportunities, personal commitments, and more, board members lead busy lives. As a nonprofit leader, it’s up to you to keep your board members motivated and excited about your mission. But, it may be hard to do when members are feeling overworked and bogged down. Over time, this leads to general disinterest in and frustration … Read More

4 Smart Strategies to Engage the Next Generation of Nonprofit Board Members and Donors

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

As the leader of a nonprofit, how do you plan to engage the next generation of board members and donors? This is an important question to consider as Baby Boomers head toward retirement, Gen X-ers fill their upper management roles, and Millennials continue entering the workforce. Nonprofits must develop strategies to attract and engage the new generations or risk failure. … Read More

3 Essential Habits of Engaged Board Members

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

A board of directors is integral to the success of a nonprofit. But the vast majority of board members have their own day jobs to attend to, and they choose for themselves when and how to engage with the nonprofit. At times, this creates a disconnect in priorities. To help you stay engaged with day-to-day operations amidst other responsibilities, consider … Read More

4 Ways to Keep Board Members Motivated

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

A board of directors is essential to the success of a nonprofit, as they weigh in on the organization’s major decisions and activities. However, members of the board often have their own day jobs and responsibilities to attend to, making it difficult to stay connected to the cause. Fortunately, there are ways the executive director (ED) can keep board members … Read More

6 Keys to Working Effectively with Your Board of Directors

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

The success of a nonprofit in realizing its mission is dependent on collaboration between the Board of Directors and Executive Director (ED) or CEO. Because board members may be generous donors, have influential community contacts, and usually have a strong influence on the ED’s longevity at the organization, the ED wants to keep them happy. For some EDs, finding a … Read More

Nonprofit Board Organization: The Inside-Out Conundrum

Andrew VaethBoard of Directors, Nonprofit Collaboration

The nonprofit collaboration landscape is completely different, and software choices should reflect those nuances. Often, nonprofit business software amounts to jamming a square peg into a round hole. The new collaboration tools that all the big businesses are using these days, like Slack, simply aren’t optimal for nonprofit use, because they’re conceived for organizations where the majority of collaborators focus … Read More