Keep Grant Proposals Moving Forward!

A request for proposals lands on your desk. You scan it. It looks like a good fit for one of your organization’s programs. It’s due in six weeks. You send a brief summary of the opportunity to the program director and/or your CEO. And then you return to the other ten things on your desk

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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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Should lawyers who represent clients averse to the organization’s mission be on the board?

Question: The primary mission of our nonprofit membership organization is to end domestic violence. We provide direct services to victims, but not legal representation. Several of our directors are family lawyers who occasionally represent offenders in domestic violence protection order cases and resulting criminal cases. Some of our members feel this is contrary to, and therefore a violation of, our mission. Some also feel it is a violation of the canons of ethics for the attorneys to represent offenders if they are committed to our mission. Is there any merit in either argument, and, if so, do we need to exclude family and criminal lawyers from our Board?

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Getting Ready for Collaborative Grantwriting

As grants professionals, we collaborate with people all of the time, as it is an essential component of our work. Whether we are requesting reporting information from funders, providing technical assistance support to grantees (or sub-grantees), or working with our financial team to craft a budget, we are constantly communicating with various internal and external

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