Goldilocks and the Three Boards

As fairy tales go, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is fairly benign. She’s not eaten by a wolf. She isn’t fed poisoned apples. The worst thing that happens to Goldilocks is that she wanders into a house where she doesn’t belong. She escapes without injury. And she...

The Departed

So what should a nonprofit board do when high-ranking staff members leave the organization? This may sound radical, but shouldn’t the board try to figure out why these staff members left? A few years ago a friend of mine found himself in an awful work situation. He...

Income Inequality: The Nonprofit Edition

Who here is old enough to remember the William Aramony scandal? In 1991, Aramony, the head of what was then called United Way of America, was found to be having a series of affairs, culminating with a long-term liaison with a girl who was 17 years old (Aramony was 59)...

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,...