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Building a strong nonprofit board goes beyond best practices

Gayle Northrop •
Generations
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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

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The Mural Building: American Writers Museum

Wintrust
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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

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Six questions a foundation board should ask its CEO

Kris Putnam-Walkerly •
Forbes
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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

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

Bruce Weinstein •
Forbes
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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

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