Although we can’t expect every nonprofit board meeting to be fun and full of laughs, they all do not have to be long and boring. I have experienced many laborious board meetings and have heard many stories of extremely long-winded, inefficient and sometimes inappropriate board meetings. Here are some tips that can help cut the length of your board meetings as well as make them more focused and therefore more enjoyable. Read More
Nonprofit organizations start with a mission, a passion. There is a cause that needs to be fixed or helped. One or a few intelligent and determined people set out to make a difference for that particular cause. Soon, or after a long time waiting for the IRS designation, a nonprofit if formed! Then, quite often, it struggles to maintain sustainability. If there is great value in the services that nonprofits provide, why do they struggle? Read More
Got data? Want data? Do you know how to access internal and external data to better assess and monitor your organization? Whether you are interested in applying for a new grant or want to know which neighborhood would most greatly benefit from your services, statistics can help you ‘make the case’. In order to take actions and make decisions that involve others outside of your organization, it is important to use external data.
The Golden Rule is good. I am not trying to knock it. I did grow up trying to follow it. But, the Platinum Rule is even better, especially when you have a relationship with the person with whom you are interacting. It’s a completely different focus. Here are the differences:
GOLDEN RULE- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
PLATINUM RULE- Treat others as they would like to be treated.
I like to think about the British-born saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” when thinking about change. This saying began as a propaganda poster that the British government produced in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War. It was intended to raise the morale of the British public at a very difficult time in history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On). It seems fitting to think about this motto when we are dealing with any sort of change in our personal or professional lives. It can be helpful to handle the change by keeping calm, staying focused and taking steps to continue to move forward. Read More