Board of Directors

Working Boards: Defining effective nonprofit governance

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
March 29, 2010

Assessing Not-for-profit Boards: Governance Structures and Practices, is enlightening and worth a read as it outlines important issues every ED and board member should be aware of before taking their seat at the boardroom table.

Governance Q&A: Excluding board members from discussions

Written By: Jane Garthson
March 1, 2010

When board members act unethically, invoke conflict of interest and meet separately to deal with the situation.

Governance Q&A: Overuse of proxies

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 1, 2010

What to do when a board member abuses the proxy rules and how to prevent this from happening.

The right treasurer can be a treasure trove for a nonprofit

Written By: Melanie Borho
September 21, 2009

Article detailing the importance of a treasurer and how to find the right person.

Overview of governance models and board types

Written By: Mel Gill
September 8, 2009

An overview and explanation of different governance models and board types.

Filling the gap: Recruiting new directors for your board

Written By: Michelle Halsey
August 10, 2009

How to successfully recruit a new board member.

Governance Q&A: Dilemmas at the board member level

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 4, 2009

If I have a dilemma in my role as board member and want to make sure I do the right thing, who can I ask for advice and how do I decide who to ask?

Building a new not-for-profit organization: Board development

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 15, 2009

How to develop a successful board.

Governance Q&A: Membership rights

Written By: Jane Garthson
June 1, 2009

From an ethics perspective, what rights does a member have?

Building a new not-for-profit organization: How to approach risk management

Written By: Paulette Vinette
May 19, 2009

This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on key steps in building a solid not-for-profit organization. This article focuses on risk management practices for new not-for-profit organizations.

Governance Q&A: Succession planning

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 4, 2009

Steps to take when developing a executive director succession plan.

Board governance best practices: An interview with Sande Smith

Written By: Soha El-Borno
May 4, 2009

Sande Smith on best practices for running a board.

Right on the money: What board members should know about their financial responsibilities

Written By: Bob McMahon
March 23, 2009

A basic knowledge of financial management is a must for nonprofit board members.

Fundraising Q&A: How to get your board to fundraise

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
March 23, 2009

This article outlines how to help your board of directors become better at fundraising.

Governance Q&A: Removing board members

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 1, 2008

A look at all the possible consequences when chairs and board members are removed from their positions.

What board leaders want from their organizations

Written By: Paulette Vinette
October 20, 2008

Recent survey results show why board members volunteer.

Dealing effectively with nonprofit board conflicts

Written By: Vince Hyman
September 3, 2008

How to identify, manage and resolve board disagreements.

The interim executive: More than just a placeholder

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 14, 2008

Ever wondered what it would be like to go from being an armchair executive to the role of executive director or CEO of a major (or minor) organization for a limited time?

Succession Planning: When the founding ED moves on

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
June 30, 2008

Founders of organizations are typically charismatic and driven individuals who inspire others to get involved. As a result of their commitment, a fledgling idea turns into a full-fledged reality. Then the day comes when the founder announces it’s time for them to move on…

When board members don't show up at meetings and other dysfunctional behaviours

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 16, 2008

Strategies for managing and resolving issues with unreliable or dysfunctional board members.

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