Ideas about boards and governance are underdeveloped in the nonprofit sector, leaving many nonprofits relatively weak in comparison to their true potential. That’s why we want to invite you to two days of a different kind of discussion about governance, one that recognizes that the old control-based adages have headed us down many wrong paths, leaving us stuck in a thicket of rules without much meaning, and creates a sense that there is an expansive and powerful way to govern civil society organizations that has little to do with the boardrooms of yesteryear.
This simple but elegant article from Community Resource Exchange in New York provides a format for in-the-moment self-coaching that will prove useful for most nonprofit leaders. Using a variety of situations as cases, it walks the reader through how to consider options for action and dialogue. This is another must-share, in that it could greatly reduce time wasted in needless drama and miscommunication.
Many nonprofits know they should be building reserves over time but find it hard to do so without hobbling their work. Perhaps with our improving collective understanding of the framework of full costs, funders could reeducate themselves about their responsibilities in that regard. Here’s a way for readers to begin to ask philanthropy for reserves.
In an age of growing digital activism and boundary spanning, nonprofits must recognize the growing importance of managing stakeholder integration and dialogue. This article provides a foundational look at the practices that can help organizations internally gather and coordinate issues emerging from stakeholder dialogue.
When an organization adopts a management or governance framework, it is also accepting the assumptions, values, and beliefs upon which the framework is built.
In multisite networks of nonprofits, you will always find uneven fundraising performance from one community to another. This article presents an analytic tool common in the corporate world to use in considering the reasons behind the success or lack thereof of revenue generation in a particular community.