The Likely New Legacy of Nonprofit Leadership

  • June 30, 2015
  • BLOG

Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to guarantee a great legacy? Most of us want to be remembered for the impact we’ve had on something that matters. Ironically, nonprofit boards often cringe at what can – and should – be among their defining legacies: executive succession.

According to a recent study by Leadership New England of 1,200 nonprofit leaders in six states, 64% expect to leave their positions within five years. Unfortunately, replacing a nonprofit executive can be so intimidating to volunteer boards that they avoid planning or aim to defer leaders’ resignations. Continue reading

BoardEffect at AHCAP

Dottie Schindlinger, BoardEffect’s Governance Technology Evangelist, will be presenting a “Food for Thought” session during breakfast at AHCAP’s Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 17 beginning at 7:45 a.m. Over 340 administrative healthcare professionals who support C-level staff and boards from around the country will participate in this event. Join the conference to develop the resources, knowledge and personal relationships to support you in mastering your challenges so that you can move mountains for the healthcare leaders you support. We hope to see you there.



BoardEffect at ASAE

From August 8 to August 11, join BoardEffect at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. Over 5,000 attendees from around the country will participate in over 120 sessions designed to generate ideas and promote new thinking. Join BoardEffect’s Governance Technology Evangelist, Dottie Schindlinger, and thousands of other attendees at this event, not to be missed.

Boards Covet Tech Savvy

Board diversity, of all things, might be the catalyst for an unexpected parity between nonprofit and corporate boards. Research shows both venues need – and slowly seek – new perspective in the form of millennials.

NPR recently reported that millennials comprise the largest workforce ever in the US. In fact, according to an article in Nonprofit Quarterly, millennials will comprise almost half of our workforce by 2020. Yet they are far from proportionally represented in board seats. Continue reading

BoardEffect at Society of Corporate Secretaries

BoardEffect to exhibit at the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals’ National Conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 24 until June 27, 2015. Join BoardEffect as we “Connect, Communicate and Collaborate” with fellow members, shareowners, regulators and governance experts on topics including board refreshment and director tenure, board materials, board evaluation and much more. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

BoardEffect at AICUP’s Meeting on Collaboration

BoardEffect’s CEO, Todd Gibby, will present the keynote speech entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in Non-Profit Governance in 2015” at the Association for Independent Colleges and University’s (AICUP) Annual Meeting on Collaboration on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The annual meeting is going to be held in Hershey, PA and will bring together higher educational professionals from all across the state of Pennsylvania to collaborate and discuss emerging trends in the sector. 

BoardEffect at Leading Age NJ

BoardEffect will be exhibiting at Leading Age New Jersey’s annual meeting and exhibition “Be the Voice” in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 27-29. Sonia Stamm and Dottie Schindlinger will co-present a session about generative governance that you don’t want to miss. Through a serious of hands-on exercises and group discussions, you will learn more about what generative governance can mean for your organization. You’ll leave the session with practical tools, useful tips and helpful resources to help your board adopt a more generative approach for governance.

Leveraging Technology to Elevate Board Performance – A Field Guide in 3 Parts

  • April 27, 2015
  • BLOG

To effectively function as navigator, your board must use all tools available assess the organization’s position on the map, conditions of the course, and advantages/perils of each leg of the journey to navigate toward the ultimate destination.

Over the last two decades, governance — the work performed by boards of directors – has become a more challenging endeavor than ever before.  Overwhelmingly, resources are scarcer, requiring organizations to do more with less.  Scandals in the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors have resulted in increased pressure and scrutiny on boards of directors from regulators and stakeholders alike.  In this environment, boards and staff are seeking ways to perform at a higher level by operating in an agile manner.  And yet, most of the prescriptive literature on board governance tends Continue reading

Avoiding Board Burnout: Dashboards Deliver the Antidote to TMI

  • April 23, 2015
  • BLOG

In the absence of time, we err toward an abundance of information. Quoting a French philosopher who said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter,” a recent article in Associations Now illustrates the irony of packing all available information into a report and hoping its readers have the capacity to sort through it.

While the article first caught our eye for its relevance to one of our market segments, it actually is relevant to all organizations, regardless of size or industry. Obviously, boards can’t excel in financial oversight if board members can’t read – or interpret…or even find – the numbers! Continue reading

“Nonprofit” Still Means Business

  • March 23, 2015
  • BLOG

Nonprofit doesn’t mean non-business.  Since the “non” part of profit simply refers to where profit goes (back into the organization, not to shareholders), a nonprofit is otherwise a mission-driven business, complete with business processes, revenue, P&L, employees, etc.

Almost. Perhaps the key difference between nonprofit and for-profit businesses lies in perception — society’s AND their own.

Some nonprofit board and staff members are reluctant to call their efforts business. And some business best practices are considered too costly, too complicated, or too indulgent for nonprofits.  Continue reading