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Nonprofit Boards

Can Nonprofit Management Usurp Board Responsibilities?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 ...

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.

You Might Have a Dysfunctional Board If...

Joan Garry | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Joan Garry

I can tell you from my own experience as a board member, it's frightfully easily how dysfunction can set in. I'm as guilty as anybody.

The Real Story of Nonprofit Partnerships -- Listening is Believing!

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

After many years of viewing both sides of the fence, via consulting assignments and board chair positions, I have observed verbal behaviors that clearly reveal how the two groups view each other.

A Nonprofit Board's Best Friend: A Robust Business Plan

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

The key to long-term success for a nonprofit board is to seriously evaluate business plans on a regular schedule, even if a status quo plan is desired. However, there are some alternatives that can be developed if changes are needed.

Please Don't Make Me Talk About Money: 3 Tips for Getting Your Board Engaged in Fundraising

Shar McBee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Money is not the root of all evil. Money is the mother's milk of nonprofit organizations. So why are your board members afraid to talk about milk? Try these three tips to make it easier for your board to engage in fundraising.