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Nonprofit Boards

The Business Case for Advancing Women on Boards

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 05.11.2016 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

The benefits to a company of having female representation on its board are significant. However, there is a gap -- more like a massive chasm -- between the presence of women in the workforce and the number of women on corporate boards.

Leveraging Young Professionals to Create Organizational Innovation

Van Donkersgoed | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
Van Donkersgoed

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are quickly approaching. Recent media coverage has fixated on global athletic governance, its impact on fairness, and the blurred lines between international politics and sports

Who Cares About How Nonprofit Foundation Boards Govern Themselves? I Do, and You Should Too.

Anne Wallestad | Posted 10.30.2016 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

What boards do - or don't do - matters. And when it comes to foundation boards, it matters not just because of its impact on the success of the foundation and its philanthropic goals, but because of the signal that it sends to the rest of the nonprofit sector.

Are Nonprofit Boards Really Necessary?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

The board -- as a construct -- is not without its challenges. It's a body that, by design, is meant to bring together influential people with diverse opinions and perspectives. We ask them to bring their expertise and networks, but put aside their personal loyalties and position. And we ask them to tackle big questions of organizational strategy and sustainability and make decisions -- as a collective, not as individuals.

Can Nonprofit Management Usurp Board Responsibilities?

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Eugene Fram

On balance management will always have more information about the organization than volunteer board members. As a result, directors must be proactive in seeking information from management and a variety of other sources, even if they must involve employees other than senior management.

How Competent Are Nonprofit Boards In Strategic Planning?

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofits board interests vary widely. Because many directors are not deeply knowledgeable about the mission field, the management and staff take responsibility for the plan's development and implementation.

Do Nonprofit Directors Face Cyber Security Risk?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

If a nonprofit, like the one described, is attacked, not only will records be compromised, but also the reputation of the agency will be destroyed, probably along with the nonprofit organization itself.

Nonprofit Boards Prepare -- The Millennial Workforce Is Coming!

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Yes, the millennials are coming! The research shows that their values relate well to missions of many nonprofit organizations. To interest the best and the brightest, nonprofit workplaces, as experienced by older generations, will need to change in strange ways!

Thorough Vetting Needed When Hiring Nonprofit Consultants

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Eugene Fram

Many nonprofit boards engage a consultant to ferry them through challenging times and/or projects. After years of experience as a nonprofit board director, board chair and advisor, I have come to question the impact of these initiatives.

What's Needed to Become a Nonprofit Board Change Agent?

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Here are some qualifications for unusual board members that want to become change agents and lead boards and/or organizations to making substantial positive changes.

Nonprofit Boardroom Elephants and the 'Nice Guy' Syndrome: A Complex Problem

Eugene Fram | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Directors need to have passion for the organization's mission. However, they also need to have the prudence to help the nonprofit board perform with professionalism.

Can Nonprofit Boards Afford to Underinvest in Management Leadership Development?

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board member interviewees were not included in the study. Obviously boards would need to approve the budgets to achieve these objectives. But boards have some major cultural restraints.

3 Important Lessons From the Mark Driscoll Affair

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The board of a church or synagogue does not belong to its pastor or rabbi. It belongs to its members. It belongs to the community. Ultimately, it belongs to God.

Nonprofit Risk and Crisis Management: Challenges for the 21st Century

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

The nonprofit leadership literature recommends that every nonprofit organization have a comprehensive crisis management plan, but it has little focus on risk. Perhaps nonprofit boards are too risk averse and are really unable to maximize their resources to assist clients?

A PS to Harvard Business Review Blog Post: Boards Can Be Terrible at Their Most Important Job

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

In any organization, top management changes cause staff insecurity and unrest. Old comfortable patterns will be broken. Resistance to change will likely occur. Board members must provide strong support for changes that are needed.

Can a Nonprofit Find Strategic Ways to Grow in Difficult Times?

Eugene Fram | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofits have always had to struggle to meet their client needs, even when economic conditions and social turmoil were much less constraining than today. How can mid-level nonprofits uncover growth opportunities in the present environment?

Better Board Governance. Is It the Same for Both Business and Nonprofit Organizations?

Eugene Fram | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Several modest contrasts between the two entities reside in the relationship between board and staff. Many nonprofits are small organizations, with the staff being only one or two organizational levels below the board.

What to Do About Weak Nonprofit Board Practices

Eugene Fram | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Peter Rinn, Breakthrough Solutions Group, published a list of weak nonprofit board practice. Following are some of the items listed and my estimation of what can be done about them, based on my experiences as a nonprofit board director, board chair and consultant.

Can a Nonprofit Organization Have a President/CEO and an Executive Director?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Yes, if the organization has the following structure: Board With A Volunteer Chairperson President/CEO With Full Authority for Operations Executive D...

Do Nonprofit Board and For-Profit Boards Face Similar Major Challenges?

Eugene Fram | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

The answer is yes! Although the nonprofit's objective is to develop maximum impact for its mission, while the business organization wants to maximiz...

How Does Your Nonprofit Retain Termed-Out Board Members?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board members whose terms have expired are typically recognized at annual meetings with gifts, plaques or certificates of service. In many ...

Can Nonprofit Boards Suffer From Agenda Deficits?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

In a recent study of 772 for-profit and nonprofit directors from around the world, McKinsey & Company found that 25% of the sample assessed their boar...

Can a Lead Director or Trustee Help Improve Nonprofit Board Performance?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.04.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

I believe a lead director or trustee can help improve nonprofit board performance when one or more of the following situations hamper board effectiveness and/or efficiency.

Your Nonprofit Board Ready to Recruit a Transformational Leader?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

A CEO friend recently shared her organization's remarkable success story. She had been a first time CEO for about 10 years when a new director was ele...

Nonprofit CEOs Need To Be Peers NOT Powerhouses - Interface More Frequently with Individual Board Members

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.30.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Simply having board meeting contact with directors isn't sufficient for a 21st century nonprofit CEO. Following are three professional approaches the CEO can take for developing better communications with board members.