Is your board a “bear?”

We were in a project-launch meeting with a client recently when the executive director made the observation that “my board is kind of a bear.” Thankfully, he didn’t simply mean that his board was terribly challenging, but was using the animal metaphor in a more descriptive way–which he went on to explain. If your board“Is your board a “bear?””

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Best practices of a high-performing board

Many wonderfully well-intentioned people sit on nonprofit boards. There is a substantial gap in our sector, however, between how boards think they are doing, and how effective they really are. It is not the fault of the individual board members–few people have experienced first-hand what a high-performing board looks like, sounds like, or acts like.“Best practices of a high-performing board”

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Dollars and doers: your board fundraising committee

Our friend and office colleague Melissa Bowen, executive director of the MyLifeLine Cancer Foundation, asked us last week for a description or mission of a board development (or fundraising) committee. Her organization, which is five years along and happily growing, is in the process of strengthening its committee structure. We were glad to help and“Dollars and doers: your board fundraising committee”

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Rate your volunteer program

Like a number of grant-making entities, The Colorado Trust is strongly committed to identifying, designing and delivering appropriate technical assistance for its grantees. Such initiatives help ensure the grantee’s success during the life of the grant but also can set the stage for new capacity-building priorities for grantees to implement independently. On behalf of a“Rate your volunteer program”

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