Perfection Paralysis

There’s a famous proverb attributed to Voltaire: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I get the feeling Voltaire may have spent some time hanging around nonprofit boards. Here’s the scene: It’s a nonprofit board meeting, and the discussion is about the...

Sins of Commission

A central principle of nonprofit development is that individuals should not get paid on a commission basis. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, paying nonprofit fundraisers commissions is unethical because the self-interest of the staff member...

Too Much Information

Three aspects of the digital age: It’s very easy to find information, and it’s ridiculously easy to disseminate information, but it’s no easier to assimilate information than it was a hundred years ago. Think about it. With one push of the button, you can send a...

A Board’s Most Important Role

Good nonprofit boards put a lot of time into strategic planning, creating effective policies, and raising funds – all very important roles. But very few put enough time into their single most critical task: monitoring, supporting, evaluating, and, if necessary,...