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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 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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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 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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Fundraising from the Heart

In Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position to help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort”. -John Maxwell A great fundraiser does not do well simply because of the knowledge he or she acquires, there is another important skill that cannot be taught, and that is passion. Finding passion for raising funds is a key element to connecting with donors, …

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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 …