Category: Boards

It’s Always About Leadership

This is a tale of two non-profit boards of directors. Members of both want to create a culture of commitment, accountability, and follow-through. One remains stuck, and the other is engaged in a creative and dynamic process of culture change. Can you guess the difference? Leadership. The second board is led by a chair who… Read more »

Five Board DevelopmentTo-Dos

What is key to developing your board’s effectiveness? Please take a look at this brief video about five factors that are essential, and that you can begin to put in place right now! This was an interview with the Foundation Center San Francisco:  

The Fundraising Power of Membership

Membership organizations are in a powerful fundraising position because there is a core of passionate and committed constituents. This panel discussion will explore how small, medium and large organizations effectively integrate membership and fund development to raise more money.  Panelists are:  Kellie Brownell, Donor Relations Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Stacy Rackusin, Membership Manager, Asian Art… Read more »

Tackling a Tough Board Issue

Changing a nonprofit boards culture is incredibly challenging, and I wrote the following article, about a board that has accomplished this, for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter. I very much appreciate their invitation to share the story of a board that has transformed its communication practices

Part of the Solution

So often I work with executive directors and development directors who are frustrated with their boards but don’t articulate the issues and therefore don’t involve their board in the solution.  I’m working with two nonprofits whose board members largely don’t return phone calls or respond to e-mails — even from their board chair. Leadership was frustrated,… Read more »

Give Your Fundraising Plan a Tuneup!

Freshen and strengthen your fundraising plan in this strategy and tactic rich interactive workshop on Thursday, May 17, 2012, 10 AM at the Foundation Center…

What Is a 21st-Century Board?

            “Actionable nuggets of wisdom,” was my favorite expectation of those expressed by a 50+ audience for a Foundation Center program I facilitated on Thursday, September 22, called “What is a 21st Century Board?”  The following panel of seasoned board members and nonprofit professionals offered just that: Norma Fogelberg, Board Development Chair, San Francisco Zen… Read more »

Change Your Boards Culture!

Build an intentional board culture in this interactive workshop on Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m-12 p.m. at the Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St, SF; RSVP link:!-2012-03-15-San-Francisco-CA