nonprofit advisory boards & chief executives

Executive Director: When Is It An Appropriate Title?

Executive Director: When Is It An Appropriate Title?

By Eugene Fram

An Executive Director title compared with a President/CEO title for a nonprofit’s chief operating executive is a debate that still pervades the nonprofit governance discussions. Following is a list of situations when the Executive Director tile is appropriate.

  • When the nonprofit is in a start-up stage, and the board’s management direction, advice, or micromanagement style is needed to stabilize the organization.
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TO WHOM SHOULD ADVISORY BOARDS PROVIDE SERVICE?

To Whom Should Advisory Boards Provide Service?

 By: Eugene Fram

 I have established or served on a number of nonprofit advisory boards. Based on these experiences, I suggest that board members, along with the CEO (more…)

BOARD MEMBERS & CEOS INVOLVEMENT WITH FUND-RAISING.

Should All Board Members Be Required to be Involved With Fund-Raising?

By Eugene Fram

No, just those (more…)

How Does A Nonprofit CEO Decline Board Advice?

How does a president/CEO turn down advice about operations or internal structure from the board.

With difficulty.  It all depends on the type of culture that has been established by the board.  Ideally, the president/CEO should be comfortable saying, (more…)

Can a Board Member Ever Hold a Staff Position in The Same Nonprofit Organization?

Can a board member ever hold a staff position in the same nonprofit organization?

 

By Eugene Fram

Sometimes a board member acts not as a director but as a different kind of volunteer.  For example, Director Z has a particular accounting skill and wants to utilize it to help the nonprofit.  The CEO agrees. 

In this instance the board member is not a board member, but a volunteer working under the direction of the CEO.  (more…)

How Is Trust Developed Between The Nonprofit Board Chair And The Chief Executive?

How is trust developed between the nonprofit board chair and the chief executive?

By Eugene Fram

First, in order to maintain trust between the board chair and CEO, the chair must be certain that the evaluation of the organization and the performance evaluation of the CEO are inclusive, i.e., cover a balance of the most relevant outcomes.  Otherwise, the evaluation outcomes have the potential to damage the trust relationship that’s necessary to drive organizational growth.  (more…)

HOW DOES A CEO DECLINE BOARD ADVICE?

How does a president/CEO turn down advice about operations or internal structure from the board.

by Eugene Fram

With difficulty.  It all depends on the type of culture that has been established by the board.  Ideally, the president/CEO should be comfortable saying, (more…)