The Modern Day Mission Statement, Active and On The Go

18shares 2Share on Facebook 13Share on Twitter 1Share on LinkedIn 2 0BoardSource is partnering with organizations like the Knight Foundation and National Council of Non Profits on a  initiative to get non-profits to Stand For Your Mission. While the main thrust of the effort appears to be focused on mobilizing non-profits of all types to more actively  advocate for their causes, by necessity it pushes boards to actively engage with their missions rather than treat it as a passive statement of aspirations. In effect, it drives organizations to practice good governance. If … Read more

Constructive Considerate Executive Transitions – An Example

Constructive, Considerate Executive Transitions – An Example

19shares 2Share on Facebook 14Share on Twitter 2Share on LinkedIn 1 0The importance of transition planning is a common topic of discussion for non-profits given current and anticipated retirements. A few years ago we offered a set of guidelines for planning the transition which included a pretty impressive toolkit generated by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. However it wasn’t until recently that I came across a specific example of an exemplary transition plan that had been been put into action. Barry Hessenius posted an interview with Janet Brown who retired as … Read more

Board Chairs Blaze The Trail And Set The Pace

Board Chairs Blaze The Trail And Set The Pace

30shares 8Share on Facebook 13Share on Twitter 3Share on LinkedIn 5 1Since the board of directors is ultimately responsible for the governance and direction of a non-profit organization, the role of board chair is rather crucial. Recently Non-Profit Quarterly hosted a webinar titled, “The Pivotal Role of the Nonprofit Board Chair: Beyond Meeting Facilitation” which was based on the results of Board Source’s recent Leading With Intent study. As you might imagine, the leadership the board chair exhibited set the tone for the way the entire board operated, which in turn had … Read more

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