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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.

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 ...

Is Your Nonprofit Forward-Focused or a Prisoner of the Past?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit recruiting can be a hit-or-miss process, often producing candidates who are readily available and familiar to the current board. Rarely will the committee seek out people who have strong track records as strategists and/or competent visionaries.

Does the Nonprofit CEO Need to Go??

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Volunteer directors are loathe to be confrontational when a CEO has been marginally satisfactory for a number of years, preferring to avoid the "drama" that inevitably accompanies the "changing of the guard."

A Nonprofit Board's Most Important Job!

Eugene Fram | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Many people believe as I do that a nonprofit board's job is to find the best possible person to act as CEO of the organization, then stand back and let that person manage. If your board is in agreement, here are guidelines for action:

Major Donor Has Remorse -- Nonprofit Board/CEO Failed to Meaningfully Engage Him?

Eugene Fram | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Who in management and/or board should be responsible for these contacts? How frequently should the contacts take place? And whose problem is it if things go wrong?

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.

Civil and Honest Discourse Needed for Nonprofit Boards

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

Relationships on nonprofit boards are more prone to foster distinctly different types of environments because some boards meet only one to four times a year; therefore interpersonal conflicts can more easily arise.