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Dealing effectively with nonprofit board conflicts

Written By: Vince Hyman
September 3, 2008

How to identify, manage and resolve board disagreements.

How are you doing? Take a quiz - no one has to know

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 18, 2008

By the time your planned evaluation programs kick in, it is too late to make adjustments if you drifted inadvertently. In this article, we offer an easy quiz to help you assess whether you are on track.

Online Fundraising: Attract donors with search engine optimization

Written By: Alan Sharpe
August 11, 2008

A nonprofit website that appears near the top of search engine results will witness a dramatic increase in traffic compared with competing websites that appear further down in the results.

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.

Ten things to keep in mind with difficult board members

Written By: Liam Brown
June 2, 2008

Ten tips for dealing with difficult board members.

Canadian charity legal checklist

Written By: Mark Blumberg
May 20, 2008

This checklist may be of use to those considering joining a board of a charity. As well, it may be useful to staff and the board of charities who are interested in improving their legal compliance and improving their risk management.

How do you deal with a difficult board member?

Written By: Liam Brown
May 5, 2008

Strategies for dealing with difficult board members effectively.

Getting your not-for-profit organization to go green

Written By: Paulette Vinette
April 21, 2008

Not-for-profit organizations are going green. Here are some tips on how not-for-profit organizations can be environmentally friendly.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Essential governance tools

Written By: Paulette Vinette
February 18, 2008

A list of key governance tools that not-for-profit organizations should have.

Using metrics in not-for-profit organization management

Written By: Paulette Vinette
January 21, 2008

Many board members want to see not-for-profit organization metrics in the strategic plan and committee work plans, so this article suggests ways to draft them.

How to avoid repeating mistakes

Written By: Paulette Vinette
December 17, 2007

This article deals with common mistakes not-for-profit organization staff and volunteers make and suggestions on how to avoid making them again.

Handing over the reins: How outsourcing management helps nonprofits achieve

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 19, 2007

Though more common in the for-profit world, outsourcing management is starting to gain a following in the nonprofit sector as organizations focus on pursuing their mission and turn to others to help with activities that support their day-to-day functioning.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Tips for chairing meetings

Written By: Paulette Vinette
August 20, 2007

Congratulations. You have been elected or appointed to chair meetings. Here are some tips on how to do a great job.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: The old SWOT analysis still works very well...when used to advantage

Written By: Paulette Vinette
July 23, 2007

An example of a SWOT flipchart and how to use SWOT planning and analysis.

Online collaboration tools for nonprofit board members

Written By: Soha El-Borno
July 9, 2007

How to use Google documents for board collaboration.

Building quality into the project

Written By: Blair Witzel
July 3, 2007

The first step in ensuring a quality project is knowing exactly what you are to deliver. You need to clearly define and communicate the project scope with all project stakeholders. What are you going to create?

Meetings: A necessary evil

Written By: Peter Wright
June 25, 2007

Key guidelines to improve your next meeting.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Conducting a legal audit

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 11, 2007

As part of their risk management strategy, many high performance not-for-profit organizations have outside legal council conduct a legal audit every three to four years. A legal audit is a review of key legal documents

Delivering a project in stages

Written By: Blair Witzel
March 12, 2007

There are various approaches or models for the project lifecycle. This article focuses on the Staged Delivery Model and addresses some of its disadvantages.

How to think like a CEO in a not-for-profit setting

Written By: Paulette Vinette
March 5, 2007

A different approach to helping volunteers and staff perform effectively is to help them learn how to "think like a CEO". This article offers some tips on how volunteers and staff can think like a CEO when they are participating on committees, boards, councils and the like.

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