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Getting on Board: How Being on Boards Can Change Your Life and Career and How to Do It

Suzanne Lerner | Posted 02.09.2017 | Impact
Suzanne Lerner

Serving on a board, or taking on leadership roles within philanthropic organizations for that matter, allows me to contribute to an issue in more meaningful ways; I'm able to dive to the root of an issue and to make impactful, real-time decisions surrounding the cause.

How Boards and Management Best Create Value Together

George Bradt | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
George Bradt

At their core, Boards of Directors make strategic decisions and provide oversight, while Management makes recommendations and manages implementation. The best do these together, complementing and supporting the other's roles and strengths. So easy to say.

What Should Boards Know About Cyber-Threats?

Nell Minow | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

Embarrassing emails from Sony executives and Hollywood celebrities got the headlines and the jeering tweets, but the hack, reportedly coming from North Korea, was a devastating cyber-takedown of the $20 billion company.

Faithful Shopper: Beach Babies

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

We've all had it with ice and snow -- it's time for sun and sand! Escape for a few days of warmth by the sea, and attire yourself accordingly from any of the stores below.

Who's Getting in? A Simple Look at Recent Female Director Appointments

Ellevate | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women

How do we get more women onto more boards? We should want this not because of some handout or some quota, but because they are well-qualified and will make contributions that will improve the functioning of the companies which they serve.

Consequential Boards: Strengthening College and University Governance

Richard D. Legon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Richard D. Legon

Just as corporate board members have a fiduciary duty to shareholders, college and university trustees have a duty to us all. We call upon these boards to add value where it matters most and engage in truly consequential governance.

My Last Board Meeting

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While board members bring their knowledge and experience from other ventures to the board room, this experience is not always transferable. Knowing how to market banks, soap or computers does not mean one knows how to market opera, for example.

Getting the Most From Your Most Potent Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As virtually every arts organization tries to improve their fundraising results, the pressure to get help from board members becomes a priority. And yet, try as they might, I find that many arts managers find it difficult, and often impossible, to get board members to assist, actively, in the fundraising effort.

The Balancing Act of the Executive Director

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There are numerous skills and qualities an executive director of an arts organization should possess, but my experience over the past 28 years suggests the most important quality is the ability to balance many needs, demands and requirements.

Likely vs. Able

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The fact that people once came to a gala, made a modest contribution or attended a performance -- and happen to have a great deal of discretionary funds -- does not make them strong prospects for a capital campaign.

Women on Boards: Beyond Gender to Leadership

John Gerzema | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
John Gerzema

In an open, social and interdependent economy, the skills and competencies required for leading are changing. In other words, this is more about leadership style -- the skills and competencies that corporate America rewards -- as opposed to gender.

The Ideal Board

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ideal board is a zero-based approach to designing a board. It starts with the assumption that the board has no members and we describe the salient characteristics of the board members we want.

Grabbing Every Opportunity

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Here is troubled organization which has a thin staff and a modestly involved board with an ambitious plan for survival and growth. Can this group really afford to grab at every opportunity?

When Cultivation Events Are Not Cultivation Events

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I think there is a great deal of confusion about the meaning of 'cultivation event.' Every arts organization I know mounts several of these a year - ...

It Ain't the Bylaws

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the tell-tale signs that a troubled arts organization is off course is when one or several board members announce they are revising the bylaws of the organization.

The Governance Committee: A Key Element of a Successful Strategy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I am not a fan of having numerous standing board committees for arts organizations. But there is one committee that is crucial, and that is carelessly assembled all too often: the governance committee.

The Changing of the Guard

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As governments worldwide cut their level of subsidy to arts organizations, these same organizations are increasingly turning to the American model of private arts funding. And a substantial amount of this funding is typically given, or raised, by members of the board.

A Plea to Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Especially for those arts organizations that are reducing staff, board members must be willing to prioritize their requests, be willing to forego the occasional set or committee minutes or pitch in and write and send a board meeting agenda themselves.

Sustainability: A Conversation

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We are living in a very competitive world -- there are so many forms of entertainment available. If we are not interesting to our group of friends and supporters, they have many other places where they can give their money.

When Board Members Poach

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If half as much effort that is devoted to trying to fix things was devoted to fundraising, most of the problems facing the organization would disappear. In fact, rarely have I observed a board member trying to take over the fundraising effort!

The Most Important Relationship Your Non-Profit Organization Will Ever Have!

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

The CEO of a great nonprofit has to be a "people person," sensitive to the needs, feelings, interests, goals, and communication styles of all those with whom he or she works, from employees and grantees to volunteers and donors.

One Role of the Chair

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As the pressures facing arts organizations increase, it has become more important than ever that the selection of a Chair of the Board be made with care.

Problems in Motown

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Emergency Mayor of Detroit is considering selling off a large portion of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art to pay off the city's $15 billion debt. Kevyn Orr has said he is investigating whether the collection could be sold to help ease the city's burden of debt.

Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom

Susan Bloch | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Susan Bloch

Whatever the reasons, it remains difficult for many talented women to get a seat at the top table. It's now time to move from the "why" to the "how" and shift gears if we want to prosper and continue to grow.

The Busiest Time of Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Just putting on stage a full complement of performances is enough to tax us. And mid-season is when we (should) acknowledge where we are falling short in terms of financial performance.