March 31, 2015



BoardSource’s 2014 Governance Index: Is Your Board “Normal”?

Board governanceBoardSource offers their Governance Index for 2014 to help you determine how your board fits in—but is that what you want?

Fundraisers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Fundraisers often complain about board members. It’s fine to vent frustrations, but the solution to your problems will often be found in your own mirror. Simone Joyaux advises a little self-audit.



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Texas Legislature Tries to Weaken Board Governance at UT-Austin

UTIn the wake of the admissions scandal at the University of Texas-Austin, we think school administrators and Texas state legislators could use a refresher course on the roles and responsibilities of board members. 

U. of Wyoming’s Excuses for Lack Of Women Trustees akin to Mitt’s “Binders Full of Women”

Binders“We did approach several women”—the use of an excuse like this to explain gender imbalance on a university board is simply insulting.

Western NY School District Drops Native American Slur, Prompting Protests

NewsThe Lancaster Central School District voted last week to stop using a familiar anti-Native American epithet as its team name and its mascot, a decision met with opposition from its community.

Fatally Incurious Governance a Kind of Nonprofit Malfeasance

ruthI have been struck again and again, and again just recently, that it’s excruciatingly common not to listen and understand the stakeholder environment around your organization.

#SaveSweetBriar Demands Resignation of President and Board, Vowing Legal Challenge

BriarSweet Briar College alumni have issued an ultimatum to the president and board of the college: You have abdicated leadership—step down, or we will take legal action.

UNC Board of Trustees Shuts Down Controversial Poverty Center

UNCNonprofits must understand that controversial stands on behalf of their missions can sometimes lead to less than optimal consequences.