Roles and Responsibilities

The Meyer Memorial Trust: Reckoning with Race

You’d think that nonprofits would lead the way when it comes to diversity. After all, many serve the downtrodden, including people of color, immigrants and the poor. But no. A new survey of more than […]

New Survey of Boards Backs Up Race to Lead Findings

Earlier this week, BoardSource released Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. BoardSource provides nonprofit leaders with tools, resources, and research to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. Leading with Intent 2017 is the […]

Nonprofit Boards Still Not Diverse, Report Finds

Nonprofit boards are no more diverse than they were two years ago and do not seem to be prioritizing diversity in their recruitment practices, a report from BoardSource finds. Based on a survey of nearly eighteen hundred […]

8 Mistakes That Even Good Boards Make

The role of a board of directors is not an easy one. Strong governance and board leadership re­quire dedication and intentionality from each and every board member, as well as from the executive. It’s a […]

10 Ways Nonprofit Boards Can Keep Regulators at Bay

With only a few lawyers dedicated to charity oversight in each state, it is difficult for state regulators to police the hundreds of thousands of registered nonprofits in the United States. That’s why charity enforcers […]

Making Boards Accountable for Themselves

As we read the current news about higher education and of failures of leadership by both administrators and boards, we can’t help but ask ourselves, “What the hell is going on?” Consider Antioch College, Cooper […]

Dealing with difficult boards: Tips for executive directors

To paraphrase Tolstoy’s famous quote about families: all happy boards are alike; each unhappy board is unhappy in its own way. Boards of directors, by law, hold nonprofits accountable to the broader community through what […]

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