5 Steps to Make Your Board More Involved and Effective at Fundraising

This blog post originally appeared on the National Executive Service Corps (NESC) blog on nonprofit board fundraising. NESC and ESC are affiliates of ESC-US.  Great nonprofit boards don’t just focus on governance and strategy.  They recognize the connection between financial resources and program delivery, and therefore play a key role in fundraising. You are not alone if […]

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Are Your Board Meetings Time Traps?

This blog post originally appeared on the National Executive Service Corps (NESC) blog on nonprofit board meetings. NESC and ESC are affiliates of ESC-US.  Do people arrive late? Skip meetings? Do members come unprepared? Is precious meeting time spent on unproductive items? With board meetings at the center of most members’ nonprofit experience, efficient and […]

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Building Your Nonprofit Board

Board recruitment and renewal is a constant challenge for many nonprofits. It can be hard to find the right person, and too often Boards fall into one of two camps. They either: Hold out for the “perfect” candidate Take in anyone that expresses interest. Neither ends up advancing the mission or strengthening the nonprofit. The […]

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Setting Nonprofit Board Term Limits

“I think we want to see new voices and new ideas emerge- that’s art of the reason why term limits are a really useful thing.” – Barack Obama The number one problem I see with nonprofit boards is a failure to have, or enforce, term limits. Good board members are hard to find, and feel […]

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5 Tips for Emergency Succession Planning

In nonprofit management, succession planning is an absolute necessity. Executive transition—no matter how long a leader holds his or her title—is inevitable over time. In her Succession Planning workshop, ESC Consultant Sue Ogle teaches that board members must be mindful of the possibility: What would happen if our Executive Director was not available to work […]

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Guest Blog: Nonprofit vs. Corporate Board Smackdown

Guest blog post by ESC Consultant & Governance Expert Theresa Hamacher If there’s an evergreen topic in the governance world, it’s comparing and contrasting nonprofit and corporate boards. Lengthy articles analyzing the similarities and differences appear at regular intervals in the nonprofit press. Some of these pieces argue that the two types of boards are […]

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