Board Chair Guidance

Board Chairs are you worried about your nonprofit? You’re not alone. We know that, like everyone, you are challenged by new work, new family experiences. And new requirements. On top of that, you are faced with the unprecedented need to lead your nonprofit into a very uncertain future. No one gave you a road map […]

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Best Practices

Ten years ago I attended a conference called “The High Performing Nonprofit.” The conference was excellent, and it got me to thinking about the concept of “best practices.” Now, ten years later, I’m still hearing that term, and it continues to bother me. Here are a few statements from that conference that may help us

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Succession Planning

A nonprofit director called me recently with a couple of questions about their succession plan. Right away I congratulated her for even having such a plan. Unfortunately this is a project that is too often set aside in the press of more critical work. But, if your CEO or an important program director all of

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Looking in the Mirror

A number of years ago I had the privilege of writing a weekly column for The News Tribune here in Tacoma, Washington. I loved doing it and will always be grateful to David Zeeck, President/Publisher, for giving me that opportunity. It’s time to renew that weekly tradition of putting down thoughts on all things nonprofits.

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