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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…)

Recruiting a Nonprofit Digital Board Director: Limitations & Alternatives

Recruiting a Nonprofit Digital Board Director: Limitations & Alternatives

By Eugene Fram

Both FP and NFP organizations are feverishly looking to add persons with digital experiences to their boards in order to be able to understand policy and strategic issues related to their organizations. Betsy Atkins, a veteran director with extensive FP and NFP experiences, makes the following observations about what is becoming a “digital director recruitment chase.” (more…)

A Nonprofit Board Balks at a CEO’s Proposal – How to Try to Move Forward

A Nonprofit Board Balks at a CEO’s Proposal – How to Try to Move Forward Move Forward*

By; Eugene Fram

A small nonprofit whose work was receiving positive community attention was suddenly resistant to its CEO’s most recent proposal, according to a staff member I encountered.
The Board, a conservative one, was unwilling to provide leadership for a proposal that would move the organization in a somewhat new direction in assisting community clients.
The CEO and staff provided arguments that showed ample need for the program’s services and even access to sufficient financial support.
Yet, the Board had rejected the suggested foray into moderately uncharted waters. (more…)

Why Are Some Nonprofit Boards Missing the Mark? What to Do?

Why Are Some Nonprofit Boards Missing the Mark? What to Do?

By Eugene Fram

Stephen Miles of the Miles group (http://milesgroup.com) recognizes that many business boards are coming up short in performance. As founder and CEO of a strategy and talent development agency, Miles has identified five areas of potential improvement for commercial boards. I believe these categories are also quite relevant to nonprofit board operations in the following ways: (more…)

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…)

How Can A Board Be Kept Involved When It Is Only Making Policy Decisions?

How Can A Board Be Kept Involved When It Is Only Making Policy Decisions?

By Eugene Fram

The name of the game for the CEO is to communicate the important information to board members and to keep them abreast of significant operational developments. This involves: (more…)

Your Dysfunctional Nonprofit Board – What to Do

YOUR DYSFUNCTIONAL NONPROFIT BOARD – WHAT TO DO
Is your nonprofit board operating on two cylinders instead of six cylinders
needed for our current turbulent economic times? The updated and expanded third edition of Policy vs Paper Clips (http://policy-vs-paper-clips.com) on nonprofit governance is one vehicle to help a board to remedy this operating gap.
Thousands of nonprofit executives and board members, by reading the first two editions, have: (more…)