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Clergy Conflicts

In Board Development, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

While it might seem strange, having a member of clergy on the board of your religious charity may not be the best idea, especially when it comes to advocacy and fundraising. Who wouldn’t want the leadership and direction of clergy when addressing the issues facing a religious organization? Clergy provide sound doctrinal advice, are passionate about ministry, have access two …

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Part 1:Duty of Care

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Care This is part 1 of a three part series on the duties of board members. It is so easy to think that the Executive Director is responsible for everything the nonprofit does, however, it is not only the role that board members play, but their duty to the organization as board members that is often overlooked or …

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Part 3:Duty of Obedience

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Obedience This is part 3 of a three part series on the duties of board members. Duty of Obedience deals with the legal issues. Board members are responsible for making sure that the organization complies with applicable laws and regulations as well as its own internal documents and policies. Obedience to the central purpose, ie. mission, must guide …

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Part 2:Duty of Loyalty

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Loyalty This is part 2 of a three part series on the duties of board members. Continuing on from Part 1: Duty of Care, lets now look at the Duty of Loyalty. Board members have a responsibility to put the interests of the organization and its objectives ahead of any personal or professional interests. This includes the interest …

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How to Tie a Shoe

In Board Development, Evaluations by Geoff Burns

For organizations that are under duress, board members frequently avoid the crucial issues and get sidetracked on mundane concerns. Think for example the process of bringing in a new Executive Director. In most cases, new Executive Directors do not get the support and “Onboarding” needed to fully integrate in to the culture and mission of the organization. (Click here for a …

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Lead By Example

In Board Development, Evaluations, Fundraising by Geoff Burns

Every organization needs effective leadership. From strategic planning to fundraising, leadership starts with the board of directors. Furthermore, the board should have a strong leader to chair the organization’s priorities. Effective leadership begins with the Chair of the board. This individual must exemplify leadership in both word and deed. It is not enough to “fill the seat.” When organizations struggle, …