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April 18, 2019

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Chipotle

In a recent Washington Post article (February 2), the market for fast casual food has grown by 550% since 1999! Millennials, the age group of 18-34, are also making up the biggest demographic of the “fan” base of this model because they are finding themselves more strapped for time and money but want quality food with quality service.
April 15, 2019

How to Find Quality of Life as an Association Executive 5 Helpful Tips

If we can’t answer the question of “why” and just reason that it is the way it has always been done, we will never center ourselves as executives.
April 11, 2019

How Technology Has Made a Major Impact on the Nonprofit Membership Model

Nonprofit organizations are only as valuable as the value they provide to their members (customers), period. The rise of technology and the shift in generations has made it difficult to sustain a traditional nonprofit model.
April 8, 2019

Review, Refresh and Realign Your Committees For Success

Why is it that year-over-year the priorities of a nonprofit organization change and major planning takes place yet sometimes committees and their composition remain relatively unchanged? It would be the same as leaving the budget unchanged year-over-year regardless of the changes in the organization.
April 6, 2019

Innovative Agendas

Listening to reports is not the purpose of a board meeting or good governance. A board of directors is assembled to advance a mission or cause, serve constituents and to provide innovative solutions.
April 5, 2019

New Year, New President, New Goals

Volunteer leaders sometimes mistakenly believe that their goals for the year help to move the organization forward. The problem is, many organizations also have a three-to-five year strategic plan.
April 2, 2019

The First 100 Days of a Chief Elected Officer

Imagine being hired for the most important job in an organization with no training, no standard operating procedures and not knowing who your team is and how they support you.
March 31, 2019

Prescriptions for Association Health (2018-2019)

Bob Harris, CAE This is a prescription for elevating organizational performance. Most visits to a health care professional result in a prescription. It is the advice […]
March 28, 2019

Managing Your Board’s Expectations and Your Staff’s Workload During Strategic Planning

Everyday there are many nonprofits in the world moving through the beginnings of a strategic plan. In every one of these sessions, nonprofit boards are creating the roadmap for their organizations, which is exciting.
March 25, 2019

Plastering the Mission Statement

The mission statement is the purpose or reason for existence. It should frame nearly every discussion, program, action and decision by boards and committees.
March 22, 2019

Governance Article Compilation – Spring 2019

Bob Harris, CAE Governance is amorphous — without clarity, shape or form. It is open to interpretation by the board, staff and members. Click “View” to […]
March 21, 2019

Advice from Association Past Presidents

We invited a half dozen association past presidents to lunch, asking them to share governance tips with the new board members.
March 21, 2019

Past President’s Syndrome

What happens to the “past” president of the organization?
March 18, 2019

Why Should They Volunteer?

According the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on Volunteering in the United States, the volunteer rate has been the lowest since 2002.
March 18, 2019

Who Sits Next to You at the Board Table?

The calibre of directors serving on the board impacts governance and outcomes.
March 14, 2019

Curbing Mission Creep and Micromanagement

Mission creep and micromanagement are disorders of a board. The symptoms and cures are different. Both create disruption in an organization.
March 14, 2019

Project Manager or Minute Taker, Does it Really Matter?

How much time, care and preparation do we put into board meetings?
March 11, 2019

It’s All About the Results?

Performance excellence in a non-profit cannot occur without performance measures.
July 1, 2019

Building a Dashboard for Performance – Metrics Your Board Might Want to See

“Directors should regularly ask at the board table, ‘How will we measure success on this project or event?’
June 28, 2019

The Most Common Board Questions

Written by Bob Harris, CAE Most Common Board Questions The three most common questions about boards of directors. Often they are asked by executive directors who […]
June 27, 2019

Volunteers Are Shrinking, How To Keep Your Most Important Resource

At least 80% of nonprofits in America rely on volunteers for their work force. In fact, most nonprofits would not exist if not for the volunteers that serve them.
June 24, 2019

Are You the “Up Periscope” For Your Organization?

The nonprofit world is seeing a downturn in volunteerism, a squeeze on its revenue streams and rising competition. How can you be the “up periscope” for your organization to see what is ahead and to make important course changes to maintain your organization’s relevance?