nonprofit boards & technology

Nonprofit Directors and the Future of Technology: A Modest Proposal

Nonprofit Directors and the Future of Technology: A Modest Proposal

By Eugene Fram

Both for-profit and nonprofit boards are trying to find ways to become better informed about technology issues when they encounter them in developing policies or strategic directions. Some organizations have tried to add technological experts to their boards. However, the type of people with this expertise who also can contribute to broader discussions on finance, marketing, human relations, etc. are in short supply. Another approach has been to consider younger directors who understand the world of technology better. But this leaves only one director, or at most two, on the board qualified to intelligently review the issues involved.

Nonprofit directors need to prepare themselves to become more technologically literate. (more…)

Nonprofit Board Responsibilty for Social Media – What Needs To Be Done?

Nonprofit Board Responsibility Social Media – What Needs To Be Done?

By: Eugene Fram

Nonprofit boards, for several years, have been struggling to find proper uses for social media. Many of the decisions on this issue will become strategic board decisions because they will require using alternative promotional strategies, experimental trials and infusion of capital and human resources. The December 8, 2012 issue of the NACD Directorship* cites a Stanford study concludes for-profit boards should develop a better understanding of this new phenomenon. Following are how I think the steps should be applied to smaller and medium sized nonprofit board decisions: (more…)