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Building a strong nonprofit board goes beyond best practices

Gayle Northrop •
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Board evolution involves changing how board members think, act, and interact with one another. The fundamentals of building a strong board of directors are relevant across the nonprofit sector, and most boards go through three stages: Organizing/Founding; Governing; and Institutional, which do not necessarily correlate with the amount of time since the board’s founding. Boards


The Mural Building: American Writers Museum

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“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.” – Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895) Two hundred years ago, author and orator Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. He bravely escaped and became an activist for the abolitionist movement through his powerful


Six questions a foundation board should ask its CEO

Kris Putnam-Walkerly •
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A board member’s job includes digging into strategy and process. Serving on a board isn’t just about approving grants. It’s about being a good steward of resources and sharing responsibility for shaping impact. Too often the focus tends to be on board meeting preparation and the efficiency of these meetings. Take a moment to break


If you lead an association, you really need to read this

Bruce Weinstein •
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Getty Royalty Free If you’re an association leader, this column is for you. I’ve been interviewing successful association leaders from a wide range of disciplines. I asked each person, “What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone just starting out?” There was little overlap in what each leader said, and their suggestions apply