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Engage and Include Your Board 09/21/2023

Engage and Include Your Board
By Mike Burns for NonProfit PRO

Engage and Include Your Board You are one of the few individuals in the universe who possesses the knowledge and experience this board understands it must have to inform and make s...

Conflicts of Interest #NonprofitBoards 09/12/2023

Conflicts Of Interest

Conflicts of Interest #NonprofitBoards It is generally the rule that nonprofit board members must both sign a promise to identify and avoid conflicts of interests with their nonprofit. But the Las Vegas Review Journal suggests that sometimes conflicts of interest are not so simple....

Didn't Get Picked 09/08/2023

Rejection: A hard pill to swallow

Didn't Get Picked Cooler summer greetings! This is the time to enjoy our outside natural resources as much as we can take the heat. But for some, this season may also r...

Didn't Get Picked 09/07/2023

Didn't Get Picked Cooler summer greetings! This is the time to enjoy our outside natural resources as much as we can take the heat. But for some, this season may also r...

Self-Improvement Via a Board Totem Pole Process 01/17/2023

https://www.nonprofitpro.com/post/discover-introspection-self-improvemnet-via-board-totem-pole-process/

Self-Improvement Via a Board Totem Pole Process Boards can be well-represented as an entity in the form of a totem pole, like those derived from Northwest Indigenous people. Boards might even improve their understanding of and effectiveness as a body by developing their own board totem pole process.

Can Numerology Design the Best Nonprofit Board? 01/02/2023

Numbers are a dominant question when it comes to designing a good, effective and efficient board. How many are too many or too few? This list highlights the numerical challenges, or at least questions that come to mind, when considering the design and maintenance of a nonprofit board.

Can Numerology Design the Best Nonprofit Board? Numbers are a dominant question when it comes to designing an effective board. How many are too many or too few? This list highlights the numerical challenges, or at least questions that come to mind, when considering the design and maintenance of a nonprofit board.

11/19/2022

BWB Solutions served the CT RC&D efforts to study and create a model for Affordable Farming. Please check-out the video that tells the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIX9IziC5QA

Go Beyond Board Recruitment With the Theory of Change 11/18/2022

Throughout the nonprofit sector there is significant activity around building a board that is inclusive and reflects constituents. The end result: more effective services. More movement toward mission accomplished. But recruitment is just the first step in achieving these outcomes. One tool that can help: The Theory of Change and the focus of this month’s NonprofitPro Magazine article.

Go Beyond Board Recruitment With the Theory of Change Throughout the nonprofit sector, there is significant activity around building a board that is inclusive and reflects the constituency of each nonprofit. The end result: more effective services. But recruitment is just the first step in achieving these outcomes. One tool that can help: The Theory of...

09/26/2022

Seven Warning Signs that Something May Not Be Right in Your
Nonprofit

A really effective executive can make a nonprofit successful. But, a really ineffective or even incompetent (e.g. rising to your highest level of incompetence but a really good practitioner) executive can destroy a nonprofit. And, while there is a modicum of literature about what makes a great exec, there is little literature that describes the institutional changes that should call a board to action when there are signs that change is necessary. Neither is there literature about what these signs might be.

Mike Burns, Partner at BWB Solutions LLC has compiled a list of Seven Warning Signs to look out for in your nonprofit.

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‎Inspired Nonprofit Leadership: The Four Ps of Marketing for Nonprofits, Part 1 on Apple Podcasts 07/22/2022

Great podcast on The Four Ps of Marketing for Nonprofits

‎Inspired Nonprofit Leadership: The Four Ps of Marketing for Nonprofits, Part 1 on Apple Podcasts ‎Show Inspired Nonprofit Leadership, Ep The Four Ps of Marketing for Nonprofits, Part 1 - Jul 7, 2022

07/13/2022

"Nonprofit boards operate within two dimensions: relational and transactional. Of course, the goal of every nonprofit board is to have effective transactions, but without positive or at least civil relationships, decisions (the transactional) and the processes for making decisions can fail. Managing these dimensions is complicated, especially for the leadership, aka the officers and the chair, in particular, noting that each member is equally responsible for the success of the board."

Read more about our thoughts on common sense governance:

Common-Sense Governance While nonprofit board management is complicated, some of the complications can be addressed through basic common sense. Here are a number of common sense and tested suggestions that may reduce at least some of the complications that can affect achieving nonprofit board success.

Designated "Rock Thrower" #NonprofitBoards 06/06/2022

We love the statement from a piece of the following Thought Leadership in Governance article: "effective boards need contrarians and forward thinkers". This article titled "Five Ways to Combat Groupthink" makes the point that without dissenting opinions versus going along with the crowd or not "risking voice important dissenting opinions" (aka the US Supreme Court?), only the leadership makes decisions and this does not always produce great outcomes for the organization.

Designated "Rock Thrower" #NonprofitBoards I love the statement from a piece of the following Thought Leadership in Governance article: "effective boards need contrarians and forward thinkers". This article titled "Five Ways to Combat Groupthink" makes the point that without dissenting opinions versus going along...

Governance Fail #NonprofitBoards 05/27/2022

As we know now in more detail, the governance of the Southern Baptist Convention grossly failed to protect both the membership and the institution. Some leaders as described by Heather Cox Richardson (a daily historical perspective on current mostly political events) left in recognition that the governance of the body had actually betrayed the membership and the institution.

Governance Fail #NonprofitBoards I recognize that institutional faith practices, aka "organized religion" is a different type of nonprofit. Often the body is "steered" by charismatic individuals who have persuasive powers and presumable insights for which the less enlightened want to follow. But be...

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