Nonprofit CEOs: How to Ask for Charitable Contributions

You’re out to dinner with your significant other. Your children are at home with a sitter. Suddenly, an earthquake shakes the ground, obliterating the only road between you and your house. When you learn the news, what is your response? Do you telephone your children to say goodbye? “Sorry, kids, we’d like to get home,

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Key Attributes of a Productive Nonprofit Board Chair

Hundreds of articles have probably been published about the skills and abilities nonprofit CEOs need to have to meet the challenges of the nonprofit environment. These include: reduced funding, increased use of technology, and increased responsibilities for fundraising. Relatedly, nonprofit board chairs have been encountering escalating challenges to recruit able board personnel. Current chairs must

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A Nonprofit CEO is a Peer – Not a Powerhouse

Some nonprofit CEOs make a fetish out of describing their boards and/or board chairs as their “bosses.” Others, for example, can see the description, as a parent-child relationship by funders. The parent, the board, may be strong, but can the child, the CEO, implement a grant or donation? Some CEOs openly like to perpetuate this

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What Defines the Culture of Your Nonprofit Board?

The General Motors debacle is fresh in everyone’s minds. A deficit in the company culture was recognized as being responsible for the disaster that resulted in the deaths of 13 people. Board members at GM were obviously not culpable since the board was many levels above the people who were negligent in changing the defective

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