New Report Explores Success Factors in Nonprofit Mergers

An important new study just out from MAP for Nonprofits and research partner Wilder Research is “the first to comprehensively look beyond the merger process to assess what happens after the merger, especially in the operations and functioning of merged organizations.”

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Use Peer Mentors to Fast-Track New Nonprofit Directors

Peer Mentor Orientation & Training

Boards are complex systems. Even for experienced board members, joining a new board involves a period of transition, orientation, and assimilation. There are two things that will help get those new directors quickly up to speed: a small handbook and a mentor. Here’s how to fast-track your new directors with peer mentors . . .

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10 Crucial Items to Include in the Handbook for New Directors

The people you bring onto your board are fully capable of finding their own way. They are self-starters, motivated to take on new challenges. So direct that motivation into advancing the work of your board, rather than figuring out how your board works!

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Hiring a Nonprofit CEO: 10 Things To Do First

The One Big Decision for Nonprofit Directors: Hiring the CEO

The boards of nonprofit organizations make numerous decisions. Some are small and routine, like approving the minutes. Others, like setting executive limitations policies, have significant impact on the organization.  But the one big decision for nonprofit directors is hiring the CEO. Get this decision right, and nearly all the others fall into place. Get it wrong, and not much else will work.

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4 Things Our Whitewater Guide Knew About Risk Management

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We hit the bottom of a flume and leapt into the air. The raft went left and a woman at the front went right— into the Class III rapids. She surfaced, legs out in front, and let the life vest carry her along, pushing off rocks with her paddle and arms. Our guide shouted instructions and we manuevered the raft close enough to throw her a rope. As we pulled alongside, two of our crew grasped her life vest and pull her aboard. Cold and little shaken, she took up her paddle and dug in. She was safe again, partly because she had known what to do and so had we. But the reason we knew what to do was that our whitewater guide knew about risk management.

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Strategic Planning: Find Good Footing

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For many nonprofits, following a strategic plan was like running track. Now it’s a trail run.

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5 Ways to a Better Agenda for Board Meetings

An agenda is the primary tool of effective board meetings. The agenda keeps the board focused on appropriate information for making decisions and monitoring performance. The board’s governance policies or bylaws may determine overall board process, but it’s the agenda that determines how intended outcomes engage with current performance during the meeting. Here are 5 ways to have a better agenda for board meetings . . .

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