In times of turmoil, your not-for-profit board of directors should be your organization’s rock-solid foundation. But what if your board is understaffed or simply doesn’t provide the leadership your not-for-profit requires?

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Think about rebuilding it — and the sooner the better. Financial, public health and other challenges are likely to remain a reality for the foreseeable future.

Assess What You Have
Start the rebuilding effort by assessing your current board. Ask the following questions:


Continue Reading How to Rebuild Your Not-for-Profit Board

Although most not-for-profits have been hurt by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, your organization’s specific challenges probably depend on your mission, constituency and other factors. For example, social distancing rules have forced most arts organization to temporarily shut down and furlough employees. Many social services charities, on the other hand, have remained open and are struggling to meet surging demand for services.

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What unites the not-for-profit sector right now is financial insecurity. Without reserves and a resilient revenue model, you may be unable to continue operations. Here’s how your leadership needs to act to keep your organization afloat.


Continue Reading COVID-19 and Your Not-for-Profit’s Action Plan

Creating a succession plan isn’t as difficult as you might think. If your top executive were to step down tomorrow, would your not-for-profit know how to make a smooth leadership transition or would your boat suddenly be rudderless? Research by the not-for-profit BoardSource has found that only 27% of charitable organizations have written succession plans. Most not-for-profits, therefore, face an uncertain future — one that could include lost funding, program disruption and even an early demise.

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An experienced advisor can guide you through the process. But there are several points for you and your board to keep in mind as you establish policies for replacing leaders.


Continue Reading Tips: Creating a Succession Plan for Your Not-for-Profit

If your not-for-profit is contemplating a merger or acquisition with another organization, you have a lot of work ahead of you. One of the most daunting challenges is keeping leaders focused and invested in the process. Most not-for-profits are run by both board members and internal management, and this structure can bog down decision making