By Priscilla Guajardo Cortez I recently attended a nonprofit panel discussion titled Better Boards presented by NXTBoard. An Austin-based company, NXTBoard provides technology-based solutions to help governing boards achieve success. The first question posed immediately following the presentation was “How big should my nonprofit board be?” The response of the expert panel: “Well, it depends.” According to BoardSource’s “Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices,” board size has steadily declined over the past
By Alexis De Sela Much has been written and discussed about the critical roles of, and relationship between, the Board of Directors and Executive Director of a nonprofit, and I don’t want to fall into redundancy with this article. However, as we’ve worked closely with organizations in their capacity building efforts, we have seen examples of how this critical co-leadership relationship can strengthen or harm a nonprofit. In this article I would like to clarify
By Marion Lee, CFRE James M. Greenfield is, for me, the father of modern fundraising processes. In 1991, Greenfield published Fund Raising: Evaluating and Managing the Fund Development Process which is a must read for anyone entering nonprofit work. Greenfield began his career in 1962 working mostly within university and hospital systems and managed to publish at least four books on nonprofit fundraising. Most of his work is timeless and even after our 30 + years in
By Covita Moroney, CFRE A story… Energized by a fresh, inspiring vision and spot-on strategic goals (carefully crafted at the amazing two-day Board / Staff planning retreat) you hit the office filled with fire-in-the-belly. Determined to bring to life the wonderful vision (after you first check email and voice messages, return a few calls, and sort through the mail) you plan to gather staff and announce the implementation of the organization’s new three-Year Strategic Plan!
By Joyce Penland, CFRE You’ve no doubt heard the adage about the frequency of capital campaigns: You’ve just completed one, you’re in the middle of one, or you’re planning the next one. Wherever your organization finds itself, it’s always good to examine your team’s readiness to undertake a significant capital campaign. Here are some of “elements of success” that we at Lee+ Associates consider when working with clients that are considering a capital campaign. This
By Marion Lee, CFRE A thief has three characteristics: first a thief is not recognized by you as being a thief; second, he robs you of what you have without your realizing it at the time; and third, a thief leaves you feeling foolish after you have been robbed. –N. Ravichandran In this article, I ‘d like to explore why theft happens, how to work smarter to prevent this happening in your nonprofit and how
“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James For most nonprofit staff members, summer typically brings a slight slow-down in program activity, although for some it can be the busiest time of the year particularly if you’re running a summer camp or enrichment program. But for those who do enjoy this slower time of year, the Lee+ Associates team recommends these five tips to
By Covita Moroney In working with our clients, particularly in the context of organizational assessments, Lee+ Associates team members consistently encounter nonprofit leaders who fully embrace the importance of demonstrating their program’s impact. My work with a current client (and past experiences as a nonprofit manager) quickly surfaced this core fact: most nonprofit staffs are completely occupied with the planning and delivery of their programs, and have little time to design and implement data systems