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Why Nonprofit Board Prospects Say No
Why Nonprofit Board Prospects Say No Wed, Jun 26, 2019 Why do board-member prospects say No? The response could actually have meaning that goes much deeper than “not enough time” or “not having a connection with the cause.” Read More

Commit to Making Board Diversity Work
Commit to Making Board Diversity Work Tue, May 28, 2019 Board members representing diverse communities become frustrated with a lack of full-in organizational commitment to diversity. Dr. Shirley Davis, a recognized global workforce expert who specializes in diversity and inclusion, offers advice for achi... Read More

3 Reasons Why Surveying Volunteers is Worth Your Time
3 Reasons Why Surveying Volunteers is Worth Your Time Tue, Apr 30, 2019 When's the last time you surveyed your volunteers? Guest writer Vickie Pleus is a public-relations professional with three reasons why it's always a good idea. Read More

Make Meetings Matter
Make Meetings Matter Mon, Mar 25, 2019 Making your meetings matter will motivate board members to attend. They will know that their time is being respected, their opinions are being considered, and their commitment is producing worthwhile outcomes. Read More

What Are You Reading?
What Are You Reading? Mon, Feb 25, 2019 Anyone in a nonprofit leadership role is wise to seek out and read resources that will help them grow in knowledge, identify solutions and get creative! Check out the books I'm picking up this month. Read More

How to Achieve Volunteer Engagement
How to Achieve Volunteer Engagement Thu, Jan 31, 2019 Recruiting, retaining, and leading volunteers can be a challenge. In her book "From LIbrary Volunteer to Library Advocate," Carla Campbell Lehn delivers a well-defined case for rethinking how volunteers are engaged and provides guidance for implement... Read More

Make a Plan to Plan
Make a Plan to Plan Wed, Nov 28, 2018 Pre-planning provides a more organized approach that will make your activity more effective through efficient the use of time, which people will appreciate. Planning on the front end creates an intentional approach that stimulates enthusiasm among pa... Read More

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?
Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid? Mon, Nov 19, 2018 Nonprofits share many problems. Issues such as donor retention, volunteer turnover, and board member engagement are just a few that plague nonprofits on an ongoing basis. And, not by coincidence, nonprofits also share frustration because common appro... Read More

Is Your Nonprofit Due for a Makeover?
Is Your Nonprofit Due for a Makeover? Mon, Sep 17, 2018 Publix isn't standing still. They are constantly looking for ways to improve. Is it time for your nonprofit to consider a makeover? Here is a seven-question 'points of difference' checklist to stimulate your thinking. Read More

Do You Know Your Board Members?
Do You Know Your Board Members? Thu, Aug 30, 2018 Nonprofit leaders seeking to improve relationships with their board members can benefit from this common-sense wisdom that reminds us of the value of fostering relationships among board members. Read More

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