Category Archives: Board Development

Some Observations about Your Board Meetings.

Whenever a non-profit colleague leaves a job, or is dismissed, and reaches out to me, the first thing I say is, “Well, at least you don’t have to go to the next Board Meeting” and that person’s spirits are immediately … Continue reading

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In Search of Philanthropic Culture. And Purple Unicorns

In her inspired call for increased organizational resources and deeper commitments to the fundraising process, Stef Krievins of Radiancy Coaching Partners righty articulates the limits of what fundraisers can be expected to accomplish without a lasting commitment to philanthropic culture, … Continue reading

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All the Bosses. The Difficult Truth of Non-profit Turnover.

I grew up in the military. This has meant a lasting (for a degenerate liberal) respect for our Armed Forces and no forgiveness in my heart for leaders who send our soldiers abroad for folly. I cut the grass and … Continue reading

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Questions Too Squishy to Discuss

A fellow recently gave $400,000,000 to start some high-minded new initiative at Harvard. That’s an awful lot of cheese, handed over to the wealthiest and most selective university in the world. And our man gets to claim all of it … Continue reading

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Should Fundraisers be Board Members?

This is for my Fellow Fundraisers. Nobody in the Verse frets over Board Members and their frailties like the Fundraisers I know. No one. Those Things They promised to do, Refused To Do, said They Would Do and Forgot About. … Continue reading

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Real Talk: Three Questions for us Board Members.

Swapping hats from consulting for a moment, this post is for my fellow board members. You know who you are. Non-profit leaders work tirelessly to activate us to our potential. Books are written. Seminars are developed. Consultants are engaged. But … Continue reading

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