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COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits Wed, Mar 18, 2020 Nonprofit and association leaders are certainly in an unprecedented time and the situation is rapidly changing. In many ways, you're asked to be the calm in the storm. To assist you with the challenges this worldwide pandemic is creating, and to help... Read More

Make Board Leadership Matter
Make Board Leadership Matter Mon, Feb 17, 2020 If you’re tired of being frustrated by non-performing board members, make board development the priority it deserves. Making board leadership matter requires taking necessary action to ensure you have the best possible board candidates, providing nee... Read More

5 Resolutions for 2020 Nonprofit Success
5 Resolutions for 2020 Nonprofit Success Sat, Jan 25, 2020 No doubt 2020 will be a year of challenge for most nonprofits. Here are five action resolutions that will help make your year a successful one. Read More

Improve Board Engagement
Improve Board Engagement Wed, Dec 11, 2019 What can nonprofit leaders do to effectively engage their boards and what skills does that engagement require? Read on and listen in for the perspective I shared with The Beacon Podcast. Read More

Motivating and Inspiring Your Nonprofit Board
Motivating and Inspiring Your Nonprofit Board Tue, Nov 19, 2019 In this Beacon Podcast interview, I discuss nonprofit boards with host and producer Jeff Dowdy. Listen in as we discuss how to bring out the best in nonprofit boards, and comment below with what works best for you in your organization. Read More

Measurement Matters for Nonprofits
Measurement Matters for Nonprofits Sun, Nov 17, 2019 Donors want impact. Volunteers want impact. Board members want impact. Employees want impact. Measurement generates intentional impact and doesn’t your cause deserve that? Here are some thoughts on how to count what matters most. Read More

Boost Board Commitment With This Recruiting Mindset
Boost Board Commitment With This Recruiting Mindset Mon, Oct 21, 2019 I recently was interviewed by Wiley Publication's "Board and Administrator" Editor Jeff Stratton in his article, "Boost Board Commitment With This Recruiting Mindset." I discussed with Jeff the all-to-common disconnection between CEO expectations and... Read More

Disappearing Donors: How Fundraising Issues Can Push People off Nonprofit Boards
Disappearing Donors: How Fundraising Issues Can Push People off Nonprofit Boards Wed, Sep 18, 2019 Failing to effectively communicate, challenging members to exceed the minimum expectations and understanding board members' philosophical differences about fundraising can affect their success at the task. Read more from Inside Philanthropy blogger E... Read More

How to Use Self-Awareness as a Personal and Professional Asset
How to Use Self-Awareness as a Personal and Professional Asset Tue, Aug 27, 2019 How can you use self-awareness to become a more effective professional? Check out how I presented the topic to members of the Florida Public Relations Association at the organization's recent conference. Read More

Make Board Diversity Work
Make Board Diversity Work Mon, Aug 19, 2019 Adopting a goal to achieve board diversity is one thing. Taking action to achieve that goal is quite another. National surveys show that movement toward more diverse boards is just not happening on a broad scale. What can be done to turn the tide of ... Read More

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