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On Leadership – Too Much Poking

“Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.” Tao Te Ching 60, Lao Tzu. When assuming a high position of governance in a nonprofit organization there is a great temptation to be involved in everything and try to control the outcome as much as possible. This […]

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Understanding the Financial Statement

As a volunteer leader on the board, you have a responsibility to be a fiduciary of the organization. That means you have been elected or appointed by trusted individuals and you represent the interests of all other individuals and organizations that have contributed time and resources to the organization. There are personal liabilities associated with […]

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On Planning – Mission as a Measuring Stick

Your nonprofit probably has a mission, vision or purpose statement. Some may have all 3 and other statements like a brand story, tag line or values statement as well. These statements are extremely powerful because they represent a shared understanding of the purpose of the organization. If you have read “Start With Why” by Simon […]

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On Ethics and Compliance – Conflicts of Interest

In order to operate ethically and in the spirit of transparency and full disclosure, all nonprofit organizations should have a conflict of interest policy. According to the National Council of Nonprofits a Conflict of Interest Policy is critical. “A policy governing conflicts of interests is perhaps the most important policy a nonprofit board can adopt. […]

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