Planning for Coronavirus Disruption
Do you have a contingency plan for when staff may be cut in half as Covid-19 runs its course? Or your special event must be cancelled? Now’s the time for board and CEO to craft a plan for coping with the almost inevitable disruption.
Art Institutions and Arts
Museums and theatre groups can work with anchor institutions to help vitalize the community. Art and culture have a place beyond pure economic drivers.
Why It’s Important: Libraries Scrap Late Fees
Are you living your mission? When libraries scrap late fees, people aren’t deterred from using library services. Are there lessons here for your organization?
Why It’s Important: Can Artists-in-Residence Build Creativity in the Public Sector?
Can bringing creative people onto your board and into your planning bring better results? This article proposes a change to the artist-in-residence model.
Why It’s Important: The Fear of Ceding Control
Strengthening boards is an ongoing task. Acknowledging what needs to be done is only the first step. As Martin Levine asks in NP Quarterly, Diversifying Boards Means Ceding Control – Are White Nonprofit Leaders Ready? It’s an important question, because all the best...
Why It’s Important: Pruning your Board?
Is your budget $10,000 or $10,000,000? Is your board big or small? It doesn't matter. Somewhere along the way you’re going to think, “What do I do with those board members who don’t even bother coming to meetings?” In this Chronicles of Philanthropy article, my...
Why It’s Important: The Funding Gap
When 5 major national funders research their effect on grantees, it looks like they have to rethink their granting priorities. What does it mean for nonprofit organizations and their boards?
Why It’s Important: Can Empathy Be Learned?
Empathy CAN be learned, but it has to be modeled. What might that mean for your organization?
Why It’s Important: Irrational Wisdom
This really short article by colleague Rebecca Sutherns makes an important point. No matter how much time you take to come to a decision, the decision may still not feel right. That doesn’t mean it’s the wrong decision, though. Look deeper That ‘wrong feeling’ is...
Why It’s Important: No Tokens Allowed
When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance Why is this article important? It has some interesting points to make about the difference between tokenism and really embracing diversity on a board. The majority of people on nonprofit boards, acknowledge...