Nonprofit CEO & Boards

Does A New Nonprofit Board Director Really Understand Your Organization? The Board Nurturing Challenge!

Does A New Nonprofit Board Director Really Understand Your Organization?  The Board Nurturing Challenge!

By: Eugene Fram       Free Digital Image

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The careful nurturing of a board member, whether for-profit or nonprofit, is critical. The pay-off of a robust orientation process is an informed and fully participating board director. The following are very similar occurrences in both for-profit and nonprofit boards:

The CEO of a transportation firm agrees to become a board director of a firm developing computer programs. He has risen through the transportation ranks with a financial background, but he knows little about the dynamics of the computer industry.

A finance professor is asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit school serving handicapped children. She has no children of her own and has never had any contact with handicapped children, social workers or teachers serving handicapped children. (more…)

Gold Standards for a Strategic Mission Focused Nonprofit

Gold Standards for a Strategic Mission Focused Nonprofit
By Eugene Fram

The following is Google’s mission statement:

To organize the world’s information and make it universally assessable and useful.

This twelve-word expression of purpose should serve as a shining example to nonprofit boards that wrestle with the development of their own mission statements. Typically the process takes huge amounts of time as boards struggle to accommodate a wide range of viewpoints.* Too often the resulting statements tend to be complex and hard to understand.

Here are some approaches that are of fundamental importance to building strategic strength in a mission-focused nonprofit: (more…)

Do Today’s Business Leaders Make Effective Nonprofit Directors?

Do Today’s Business Leaders Make Effective Nonprofit Directors?

By: Eugene H. Fram

The names of the new board nominees have been announced. They include several outstanding recruits from the business community. Will these new formidable directors perform well in the nonprofit environment? William G. Bowen, a veteran director in both the for-profit and nonprofit environments, raised the following questions about such beginnings in a 1994 article:*
Is it true that well-regarded representatives of the business world are often surprisingly ineffective as members of nonprofit boards? Do they seem to have checked their analytical skills and their “toughness” at the door? If this is true in some considerable number of cases, what is the explanation? (more…)

Nonprofits Must Monitor Diversity Opportunities

Nonprofits Must Monitor Diversity Opportunities

By Eugene Fram

Diversity on the boards and staffs of nonprofit organizations is no long a choice; it is a mandate. American demographic trends are clear. The US population is rapidly becoming more diverse, and increased global migrations will require nonprofits and NGOs to serve broader populations. In a 2011 analysis, two Harvard professors have made the following observations: (more…)

Reissue: Nonprofit chief executives should have a title, PRESIDENT/CEO

The overwhelming international response that I have had to my blog, “What’s in a name? Benefits of the President/CEO Title,” has motivated me to reissue this blog, which originally appeared in March, 2012

Nonprofit chief executives should have a title, PRESIDENT/CEO

By Eugene Fram

When nonprofit organizations reach a budget level of over $1 million and have about 10 staff members it is time to offer the chief operating officer the title of PRESIDENT/CEO. In addition, the title of the senior board volunteer should become CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD, and the title of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR needs to be eliminated. Experience has shown that with a reasonably talented PRESIDENT/CEO at the helm, he/she can provide the following benefits: (more…)

Using Imperfict Metrics Well; Tracking Progress And Driving Change

This article on nonprofit evaluation has appeared in a shortened version in a previous blog. However, based on the attention it has received from all over the world, I thought that some viewers might like a direct link to the full article.

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Nonprofit CEO Board Chair Relationships – Anything Works

Nonprofit CEO Board Chair Relationships –Anything Works!!

A recent NPQ Nonprofit Newswire (March 13th 2012), report concludes, that to build good nonprofit CEO-board chair relationships, “Task lists and job descriptions often propose a “one size fits all” recipe for the CEO-Board chair relationship, (but the lists have little to do with real world effectiveness.)” (more…)