Aligning Different Board Members

Most nonprofits seek to recruit board members from the corporate world, especially tech, to turbocharge fundraising, energize strategy, and open new doors. But when these unicorns are recruited, clashes often ensue that frustrate, even bewilder, all parties. The frustrations I hear are: “Why does it take the Board sooooooo long to make decisions?” “Doesn’t she… Read more »

Livestream: Donor Acquisition Beyond Direct Mail

Click here for the live stream link to a panel discussion I had the privilege of facilitating earlier this monthThe panel addressed the decline direct mail effectiveness in finding new donors. We explored other ways groups are acquiring new donors, offering a variety of tools and techniques that were very practical – easy put into practice right… Read more »

Fearless Facilitation for Board Leaders

This special evening session will focus on the complexity facing board chairs who are facilitating peers, often colleagues and friends, in board meetings. How do you handle delicate issues that trigger strong emotions and opinions? What do you do when a board meeting is hijacked by one or more members who are stuck in the… Read more »

Surf’s Up: Moving from the Board That You Have to the Board that You Need

The way a nonprofit and its board develops over time are often out of sync, causing disconnect and difficult dynamics. Has your beginning nonprofit grown into the middle stage, with your board remaining at the kitchen table level? Or has your boards development outpaced your nonprofits, causing expectations that lead to frustration for all parties?… Read more »

Fearless Facilitation for Board Chairs

This special evening session will focus on the complexity facing board chairs who are facilitating peers, often colleagues and friends, in board meetings. How do you handle delicate issues that trigger strong emotions and opinions? What do you do when a board meeting is hijacked by one or more members who are stuck in the… Read more »

Donor Acquisition beyond Direct Mail

Most nonprofits have noticed a steady decline in direct mail as a tool for acquiring new donors. This panel discussion will explore effective ways groups are acquiring new donors, using a variety of tools and techniques. Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, Board Leadership and Board Members especially encouraged to participate. Panel TBA. Free.

Who Wants to be Lead?

“You can’t lead people who don’t want to be lead,” was quoted about Chief Justice John Roberts on NPR. I was reminded of a young non-profit leader struggling with some of the staff he inherited from a predecessor who had a hands off style and tended to hire lone wolves. My young client is a… Read more »

Cultivating Your Fundraising Team

This panel discussion will explore how to create and nourish a successful fundraising team – staff and board. Panelists will offer approaches and techniques bases on real experience. Panelists TBA. Registration not yet open.

Meeting Conflict with Compassion

We’ll engage the nature of conflict in this interactive daylong workshop, looking at its causes and exploring how to meet and resolve differences with wisdom, compassion and skill. Together we’ll develop a shared understanding of how conflict arises when our views and experience collide with those of a partner, friend or colleague. We’ll learn about… Read more »

Succession Planning for Effective Boards

Learn how to approach succession planning to develop every board member as a leader, and create a process that cultivates a deep bench of officers and committee chairs. This workshop will be interactive, providing successful case studies, and practical tools for immediate use.