Break the Rules

How flexible is your board’s attitude toward rules?

Every successful experiment breaks and rewrites one or more rules. Every successful experiment also increases the effectiveness of your mission, the sustainability of your nonprofit, and its competitive stance in your community.

Is your nonprofit breaking enough rules to create the operational strength, sustainability, and effectiveness your […]

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A Budget Is a Plan Converted to Numbers, or Is It?

Your nonprofit’s budget has the potential to lift your nonprofit to new heights by increasing your reputation and sustainability, clients’ successes, and mission effectiveness. It also has the potential to lower your nonprofit’s sustainability and reputation as well as undermine the perception of your mission’s relevance. It all depends on how your budget is developed. […]

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Is Your Board Alert?

The board members in highly sustainable nonprofits are constantly monitoring the world around them for threats (real and imagined). When a member notices a threat, the other board members are alerted. The threat is evaluated and an appropriate response is developed.

Reactions are seldom as effective as responses. Many nonprofit boards wait until they see […]

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Model What You Want

When your nonprofit’s board models the behavior it wants from your staff, success will be easier to achieve. […]

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Value Creation

The durability of your nonprofit’s solutions determines the robustness of your support. […]

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Areas of Accountability

You can increase the success of your nonprofit by increasing the accountability of your board. […]

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Diversity that Drives Sustainability

A diverse nonprofit board is a tool for enhancing sustainability. […]

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For the Good of All

Maintaining the sustainability of a nonprofit often is hard work but it may be easier than you think. […]

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It Is All about the Mission

Keeping discussions about money mission-centered can be difficult. The budget can help. […]

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Why Have a Budget?

Most of the time when you ask, “Why have a budget?” the answer is, “So we can account for the money.” Good answer. Are there better answers? […]

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