Category: Effectiveness

Powerful Board Recruitment

This seminar is a follow-up to the Succession Planning for Effective Boards workshop on March 11 at the Foundation Center, which is also a seminar pre-requisite. We will look at how to create and engage a rigorous recruitment effort to build a board that is active and committed.

Unleashing the Fundraising Power of Boards

Transform your board from resistant fundraisers into passionate ambassadors who share their commitment to inspire support for your nonprofit. Discover how to initiate dynamic discussion about about fundraising, beginning with recruitment and building to enthusiastic involvement. Takeaways will include practical and inspirational tools for motivation and support, finding your fundraising ambassadors, dos and don’ts for… Read more »

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:  

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

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