In Times of Change, Board Members Must Be Advocates

As the country prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th president on Friday and leadership at all levels of government takes shape postelection, nonprofit executives and board members across the country are asking themselves some important questions: Read the full post here… Read more

Stranded by the State

Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives? […] Read more

Video: How to Get Board Members Involved in Advocacy

BoardSource chief executive Anne Wallestad says advocacy is an “underutilized tool” at nonprofits but that charity leaders can help trustees do their part. Read the full post here… Read more

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

Anne Wallestad has served as President & CEO of BoardSource since 2013. BoardSource is a nonprofit that works globally to inspire and support excellence in nonprofit governance and board and staff leadership. In this interview, she speaks with Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant at La Piana Consulting, about the organization’s growth, change, and new leadership initiatives. […] Read more

Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs

There is relatively little research that investigates the topic of nonprofit board chair leadership, but this role is pivotal in many organizations. It helps to structure, uphold, and revise the container for dialogue and disciplines for managing conversation, and to establish the atmosphere for deliberation. This takes a measure of sophistication as well as self-awareness […] Read more

Saylor Kaufman dances into a book

The Massillon Museum is one of only 749 institutions in the nation to be recognized for the highest standards of excellence by the American Alliance of Museums and BoardSource, a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership. Read the full post here… Read more

Stand for Your Mission

There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States with an estimated 20 million board members at the helm. This statement comes from the Stand For Your Mission campaign started two years ago by a coalition of national organizations focused on nonprofit issues and resources. In addition, nonprofits employ more than 10% […] Read more

Nine Lessons from a Nonprofit Advocacy Win

I live in a community where we know each other by name, use Twitter to help each other’s locate lost pets, and shovel each other’s sidewalks after storms. I feel blessed to have such a close-knit environment while still living in a large, often impersonal city like DC. I am passionate about my community, so […] Read more

From Skeptics to Champions: Getting Board Members on Board with Advocacy

As public policy and political nerds, we find it shocking when nonprofits and foundation leaders resist engaging in public policy work. Fighting against our optimistic Schoolhouse Rock! view of the possible, however, is the nasty messiness that seems to prevail in the political realm. This polarized climate understandably turns people off — but to solve […] Read more

Charity Inc.: Stand for your mission

This week, the Oklahoma Legislature convened in the Capitol to consider policy and an unprecedented budget failure that will affect every citizen in our state. Last month, I spoke with a number of nonprofit leaders in Oklahoma and reminded them that as nonprofits, it is our duty to inform, educate, enlighten and empower through our […] Read more