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Innovative Nonprofit Boards

Welcome to Hardy Smith’s blog, where he shares experience and insight learned through decades in the corporate world and advocating on behalf of nonprofits and associations across America.

Hardy’s mission is to help maximize the performance of nonprofits and associations and their essential leadership teams.

If you’re seeking to triumph over communication challenges, bring meaningful and manageable solutions to, and realize measurable results of your organization, this blog will give you more than ideas — it will maximize your team’s performance like never before.

Innovative Nonprofit Boards

An innovative, strategic thinking board is visionary in its approach to identifying new opportunities for the organization it serves. It also helps to develop future-proofing solutions for the challenges of change and disruption.

Nonprofit Crisis Fundraising

Should nonprofits conduct fundraising activity during the coronavirus crisis? Even though being faced with loss of anticipated funding and confronted with new expense demands of providing services during this emergency, there is a fine line between what’s considered an acceptable financial request right now and what isn’t. To help nonprofits wrestling with this difficulty I am sharing thoughts from seven highly respected fundraising resources.

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, Nonprofits Can Learn from Pixar

Despite the recognized benefits of collaboration, being aligned internally and putting collaboration into practice is often easier said than done. I recently worked with a nonprofit organization embroiled in a heated internal struggle between the administrative and service delivery components of its operations. Implementing the action steps presented here work for developing a collaboration culture — though easier said than done —  that will transform imagined outcomes into reality.

Create a Culture of Nonprofit Creativity

Leaders are looking for new ideas and solutions to difficult challenges. However, identifying innovative answers can be challenging. Just telling an organization to solve its problems by thinking outside the box isn’t especially helpful. What does that really mean?

Innovative Nonprofit Boards

An innovative, strategic thinking board is visionary in its approach to identifying new opportunities for the organization it serves. It also helps to develop future-proofing solutions for the challenges of change and disruption.

Nonprofit Crisis Fundraising

Should nonprofits conduct fundraising activity during the coronavirus crisis? Even though being faced with loss of anticipated funding and confronted with new expense demands of providing services during this emergency, there is a fine line between what’s considered an acceptable financial request right now and what isn’t. To help nonprofits wrestling with this difficulty I am sharing thoughts from seven highly respected fundraising resources.

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, Nonprofits Can Learn from Pixar

Despite the recognized benefits of collaboration, being aligned internally and putting collaboration into practice is often easier said than done. I recently worked with a nonprofit organization embroiled in a heated internal struggle between the administrative and service delivery components of its operations. Implementing the action steps presented here work for developing a collaboration culture — though easier said than done —  that will transform imagined outcomes into reality.

Create a Culture of Nonprofit Creativity

Leaders are looking for new ideas and solutions to difficult challenges. However, identifying innovative answers can be challenging. Just telling an organization to solve its problems by thinking outside the box isn’t especially helpful. What does that really mean?