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Board Leadership: Want a Stronger, More Diverse Board? Start Here

Posted on by Laura Otten, Dodge Technical Assistance

Diversity on boards has long been a hot topic. While it has always been a best practice to have a board of directors that is reflective of your constituency, too few have lived up to that best practice. In the … Continue reading

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Feeling Burned out? 7 Steps to Get Back Your NGO Mojo

Posted on by Yvette R. Murry

You’re probably so busy that you don’t have time to read this post. But, please stop multi-tasking and resist the pull to check your phone. I have an important question: Lately, when you walk into your non-profit job in the … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Sorting through the dreaded 501c3 reporting obligations

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

Paperwork. Reporting requirements. I know. This isn’t a very captivating topic. But many tasks that nonprofits need to attend to aren’t captivating. But this is an important topic, one that if ignored could put your nonprofit at significant risk of … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Relationships Among the Parts

Posted on by David Grant

Faithful readers of the Dodge Blog know that I have repeatedly urged practitioners in the social sector to “plan backwards” from a shared vision of success, using qualitative assessment rubrics as a tool. If you make time for the process … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: When Looking at Financials, Don’t Do What Seems Most Obvious

Posted on by Hilda Polanco, Dodge Board Leadership Facilitator

In the nonprofit sector, we’ve gotten used to complexity when it comes to assessing the performance of our organizations. An organization’s “effectiveness” can be a complex combination of benefits to constituents, social and political impact, cost efficiency, and even environmental … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Keeping Your House in Order

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As noted in Allison Trimarco’s February post, these are interesting times, replete with significant issues. To borrow some phrasing from Kipling, if you can stay focused on your mission, when all around you there is challenge and change, you will … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Living in — and planning for — interesting times

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

Staying on Track in an Unpredictable World We’re just a few weeks into 2017, and it already seems hackneyed to talk about how unpredictable the world has become. It’s not surprising that many nonprofits are already experiencing stress from the … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: How to use a competitive advantage exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths

Posted on by Allison Trimarco

How to use a “competitive advantage” exercise to better understand your organization’s strengths New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation – so it’s no surprise that it’s also densely populated with nonprofits. The National Center for … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: David Grant Imagines If Hillary and Donald Had a Rubric

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The stunning levels of negativity, distrust, and cynicism evident in the political sphere this fall stand in stark contrast to the spirit I encountered recently in three days of workshops with staff and board members of New Jersey nonprofits, courtesy … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: Board Engagement — When Missing Lunch is a Good Sign

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership is served a regular diet of questions about nonprofit board roles and responsibilities and about developing an effective board. We can help explain the legal niceties that apply to the first topic, and provide some practical ideas … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Bullseye!

Posted on by by David Grant, former President and CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

What does October conjure up for you? Fall foliage and apple cider? Baseball playoffs and Halloween costumes? Much as I appreciate those things, I primarily associate October with a favorite annual event: the kick-off of the Dodge Board Leadership Training … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: 12 Steps to Recruiting Effective Board Members

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Finding effective board members is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work. Most boards have made it harder by having done it so poorly in the past that there are few left on the board unscathed and … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Welcoming the “Groan Zone”

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I was back in Morristown and Monroe Township last week to facilitate the last workshops of Dodge’s Board Leadership Training Series: Turning Learning Into Action. That’s harder than it sounds, because bringing any learning back to any organization raises the possibility … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Programming Your Nonprofit Fundraising GPS

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, The Nonprofit Center

How to Help the Board Find a Fundraising Route that Works We know that boards of directors can play a critical role in fundraising for a nonprofit — but we also know that this is a chronic area of concern … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: The Difficulties of Being Board President

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Believe it or not, not every board member wants to rise to board president. Sometimes the reluctance is even extreme. A recent voicemail from an outgoing board president reflected a directive from her board: Can we find someone the organization … Continue reading

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