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A Board Member Crosses the Line

Presents a case of inappropriate and potentially destructive behavior by a board member and suggestions for how the situation can be dealt with effectively.

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A Board Member’s Guide to Nonprofit Overhead

Amid the crosstalk about nonprofit overhead, board members and staff do need to understand what the conversation is really about, and how to interpret "what is overhead" for its own organization. This article presents eight key things boards and staff should know about overhead.

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A Few Good Tools: Board Portals and Other Ways to Collaborate

Collaboration is integral to the work done by foundations and nonprofits. This is especially true for boards of directors tasked with working together to guide organizations — but when board members and staff are spread across multiple offices or geographic locations, collaboration is not as easy as sitting around a conference room table. Whether voting on proposed budgets, preparing financial documents or recommendations for upcoming meetings, or evaluating pending grant proposals, sharing do

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A Roadmap to Better Boards

Is an article written by Kate Hayes for Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article offers advice for creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable board through decision-making, infrastructure, and inclusion.

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All Aboard: Boards that Work

Building off the 2014 Money for Our Movements debate, at the last Grassroots Institute’s Conference, in this piece Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth argue that nonprofit organizations can have the boards they want and need, and offer ideas for how to achieve them.

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Best Practices for a More Impactful Nonprofit Board

Is an article written for Smart Business Online. The article shares basic steps for ensuring that nonprofits stay aligned with their mission and put themselves in a strong position for the future.

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Board Essentials: What Should All Board Members Know?

Is a question and answer presentation that covers this topic. Included in the questions are: what should someone know before joining the board, how to keep board members informed, what are the individual responsibilities of board members and how to safeguard against conflict of interest?

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Boards and Leadership Hires: How to Get It Right

How a board handles a leadership transition can have powerful and long-lasting effects. In this article, Deborah Linnell discusses how a board's handling of this pivotal moment can result in long-lasting problems and what a board can do to get it right.

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Boards Cannot Be Sacred, Staff Cannot be Saints, and Founders Should Never Be Martyrs

In this essay, Paul Hogan states his belief that nonprofit workers can be prone to a variety of feelings connected with the sacrifices that people in the sector make, and examines how nonprofit organizations can balance these feelings with being open to learning.

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Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Nonprofit Boards

Is an article written by Matthew Forti for Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the article, Forti shares advice for helping a board to evolve alongside an organization's changing needs and opportunities.

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Conflict of Interest...or Conflict of Loyalty?

Often the "conflicts of interest" of nonprofit board members do not involve personal financial gain. Consider the board member whose commitment to rights for people with disabilities leads her to serve on the boards of two such organizations. At Board A she hears about a new grant opportunity that is opening up at a local foundation. Should she tell Board B about it, or is she obligated not to mention i?

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Developing Leadership on Boards of Directors

By Barbara S. Miller and Jean Bergman is an article from the Journal of Nonprofit Management, published by the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, New York. It summarizes the results of a study of fifteen exemplary nonprofits, and provides insights into how boards can create a culture of leadership and transform themselves into an active, engaged, and knowledgeable team. These changes can help a nonprofit organization anticipate and respond to the myriad challenges in the sector today.

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Ditch Your Board Composition Matrix

The board matrix has a list of skills and competencies that are "supposed" to be on the board, such as legal, marketing, HR, fundraising and finance. And typically there are also demographic qualities, such as gender, race and age. The board matrix then shows what boxes presumably need to be filled. What's wrong here is that these board composition matrices focus our attention on what people are, rather than on what the organization needs board members to do. This article explains why this appro

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DIY: Make a Bylaws Cheat Sheet

It's cumbersome to have to look over all the legalese of bylaws when an organization wants to answer to a simple question. In this article, Jan Masaoka suggests creating a summary of the bylaws as a quick reference guide

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Eight Ways to Get Valuable and Honest Advice from Your Board

Is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, eight nonprofit leaders share their best tips for building good board relationships and encouraging honest input from them.

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