nonprofit management

What can a nonprofit board of directors do about “displaced directors”?

What can a nonprofit board of directors do about “displaced directors”?

Displaced directors are board members who can’t adapt to a more modern board model or a new CEO and management group.  Traditionally, they want to be involved in operations, a few, at the extreme, want to micromanage the CEO.

Obviously, some of these people will resign,   but what can a CEO or board chair do (more…)

Crisis Management – What is the proper role for a nonprofit’s board of directors?

Crisis Management – What is the proper role for a nonprofit’s board of directors? 

Changes buffeting nonprofit boards of directors are increasing substantially.  At the top are the widespread budget cuts from foundations and governmental organizations, along with many individual donors reducing their traditional gifts. In addition, a sudden social change, reputation decline, or a fire/flood are events, which may change a board’s engagement style with management, staff and other stakeholders. 

A board’s style in such situations will depend on its seriousness.  (more…)

Once Again! What Does Nonprofit Board Oversight Mean?

Once Again! What Does Nonprofit Board Oversight Mean?

I have a daily (7 days a week) subscription to Google Alerts on “Nonprofit Management” and “Nonprofit Governance.” Every week, three or four nonprofit case stories surface, in these listings, related to inadequate oversight by nonprofit boards of directors.  Many of the cases result six or seven figure dollar losses to the nonprofits. Following is my personal list of what reasonable board oversight means to attempt to help nonprofit boards of directors to avoid such losses.

  • At least half the board should be able to analyze the monthly or quarterly financial statements.  Have voluntary information sessions available for those who do not have the skills. (more…)