Anyone who has been involved in a board conversation or a management discussion within a nonprofit has faced the following question: Do we do what is best for the cause or best for the organization? This is a question that is unique to the nonprofit sector.  When comparing the question to the for-profit sector it […]

I was speaking with a close associate of mine the other day about boards of directors.  He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of philanthropy and he mentioned to me that “The main problem with a lot of boards is that they act haphazardly to market change.  They need to […]

In my recent research interviewing over 50 executive directors of nonprofit organizations, the overwhelming majority of organizations were not fully utilizing volunteers as a resource for growing their organization.  There were some larger organizations that clearly had developed strong and scalable volunteering programs, but many smaller or younger organizations failed to see the potential for growth […]

Last week I was asked to be a part of a panel discussion on social entrepreneurship and I think I might have been the Simon Cowell of the panel. One particular discussion centered building awareness for a new nonprofit.  An example was described by one of the panelists who owns a law firm that provides services […]

I was having lunch this past week with two intelligent and highly-educated women who also shared my passion for nonprofit strategy.  They were working on building a series of workshops designed to help nonprofit leaders and wanted my input on their line up of topics. The topics were on the Internet, social media, and fundraising. […]

I was speaking with a close associate of mine the other day about board of directors.  He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of philanthropy and he mentioned to me that “The main problem with a lot of boards is that they act haphazardly to market change.  They need to […]

Having sat on a number of boards for nonprofits, I encountered different types of board chairs.  I’ve experienced chairs from one end of the spectrum to another.  There are those board chairs who are a bit detached and I hear from rarely (twice a year).  I also have board chairs who I receive multiple daily emails from. […]