Setting the Tone

The board is the ultimate leader of your nonprofit. As the leader, your board is responsible for setting the tone for your nonprofit. That means in part establishing the culture. Part of every nonprofit’s culture is its willingness to embrace risk. During uncertain times most organizations lower their risk tolerance.

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An Easy and Effective Vision

The decisions your board makes at this year’s meetings lay the foundation for the board’s legacy and your nonprofit’s future.

Often your board’s influence on your nonprofit takes years to become obvious. Incremental changes can happen immediately but are noticeable after the results are known. For example, cutting expenses to better align costs and income […]

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Anticipate the Future Versus Respond to the Past

When your board uses some of its time to anticipate the future, it provides your executive with more time to manage the present. […]

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Will Next Year Be Different?

Thought difficult, predicting what next year will be like is difficult but it is still the job of the board. […]

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Predictive Boards

The future is unpredictable. Is that true? Should we accept it as being true? […]

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See the Future

Boards have a hard time understanding issues in the context of the future and the big picture. Sometimes it is the presentation of the issue and sometimes it is the thought process of the board members that stand in the way. […]

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Decision Making

One of the threats to every nonprofit’s future is low quality board decisions. Improving decision quality may be easier than you think. […]

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Skill or Will?

Unfortunately, nonprofit boards sometimes become disenchanted with the nonprofit’s executive. When that happens what should the board do? […]

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Where Is the Balance?

The purpose of a nonprofit board is to guide the future of the nonprofit. That is a tough job and requires a balance of the here and now with a wide range of possible futures. […]

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The Quality of the Discussion Matters

When a nonprofit board is discussing the right issues, it never has a chance or desire to micromanage. […]

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