Category: Board Development

3 Tips for the First Time Board Member

By on April 10, 2014 under Board Development, Volunteerism

I recently joined the board of an all-volunteer organization. I was so excited to share my time and talents as I loved the mission of the organization and was ready to dive in and share my time and talents to advance the cause.  With Board Summit coming up in June, I thought I would share some tips for anyone thinking of taking the plunge and joining a board for the first time. (continue reading…)

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Ask Alanna: Serving on a Board

By on February 04, 2014 under Board Development, Volunteerism

Hi, I’m Alanna — Greenlights’ Services Coordinator. As a resource for nonprofit solutions, Dear_Alannawe receive daily questions from performing staff evaluations to grant writer referrals. This month I’m sharing feedback on getting more involved with the nonprofit sector and joining a board as we prepare for our upcoming Board Summit event on June 12.

I have worked with for-profits for twenty years but would like to get more involved with local nonprofits. I would love to help animals or underprivileged kids. I also have a lot of experience with event planning so I might be interested in serving on a board or gala committee. Does Greenlights have volunteer opportunities? If not, what are some ways I can get involved in the nonprofit sector and share my expertise? (continue reading…)

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4 Uncommon Books for the Nonprofit Leader

By on January 28, 2014 under Board Development, Leadership

Nonprofit Book

We’re almost a month into the new year, and though I’m never very successful at keeping my resolutions, I do make an annual booklist.  This year is no different and I thought I’d share a few unconventional recommendations for the nonprofit professional and board leader. (continue reading…)

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Is an Advisory Board Right for You?

By on November 06, 2013 under Board Development, Leadership


Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker

Is your nonprofit contemplating forming an advisory board?  Don’t rush the decision. In my work with nonprofit boards of directors, I’ve been getting questions lately about establishing advisory boards.

Setting up an advisory board is an attractive idea, on the surface.  A new group of people to raise awareness/funds/community goodwill!

But in my experience, advisory boards or councils often flounder or flop as much as they flourish. (continue reading…)

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Are you making it easy to be a board member?

By on September 19, 2013 under Board Development

Another installment of Greenlights’ video series on board development is now live in the 501(c)ommunity as an exclusive feature for our members, and I’m excited that I get to preview an important take-away here for our blog readers. This segment tackles the topic of board engagement and orientation, and one of my favorite recommendations is to remove obstacles to board member involvement:

The easier we can make it for board members to get involved, the more likely they will get involved, and the greater impact they will have for the organization. (continue reading…)

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