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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 …

Forces for Good Book Review

In Book Review, Evaluations by Geoff Burns

By Senior Consultant, Kristy Burns I started this review as part of a class project. As I finished the assignment, I felt that the entire review deserved to be referenced here for all of you. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits Book Review Written by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant This review is based on …

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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 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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DD Danger

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

What organization doesn’t need funds? There are many organizations that have Development Directors and many more that wish they did. There are several dangers associated with having a DD that are seldom acknowledged. Effective DD’s are a true blessing for an organization, but for those nonprofits that are considering hiring a DD for the first time, there are a few …

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Your Nonprofit Brand

In Evaluations, Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Everyone know that money is tight, especially when it comes to non profit organizations, but how can you still accomplish branding your unique non profit with out spending large dollars on marketing? Whether your an Executive Director, a Board Member, or a Staff Member of an organization you are actively involved with your non profits brand; constantly telling your compelling …