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A blog for those interested in what affects, motivates and drives the New York City Nonprofit Sector — written by CRE’s crackerjack consulting team. We hope you use this space to share your thoughts, ask questions and engage in conversations about our city, social justice and the nonprofit sector.

Oversight vs. Partnership: The Board-Staff Relationship

Recent developments at the New York State level to implement the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 have surfaced a new round of concern among board members about compliance and oversight. Whether prompted by this law or other factors, I’ve been struck by the frequency with which I’m engaged in conversations with executives and board chairs about just what their board should be doing in terms of “oversight.”  Read more >>

The Pause That Refreshes: Taking Time to Define a Board’s Mission

I’m often asked by CRE clients what is the ideal size and structure for a nonprofit board or how many committees a board should have.   Read more >>

What's Behind a Successful Board?

Successful boards all have characteristics in common. In this, the first in a series of articles on board development and leadership, CRE Co-Director Valyrie Laedlein shares her perspective on what makes a board successful.   Read more >>

Accountability Versus Effectiveness

By Valyrie Laedlein, CRE Co-Director - Nonprofit leaders are hard-wired for accountability.

The tax-exempt sector was structured to assure accountability to the public since its very beginning. Nearly all the leaders whom CRE has had the privilege to work with drive themselves to be sure they are doing right by their communities. And in this moment of terribly constrained resources, all of us are conscious of how important it is that we make every dollar matter in terms of its rightful and effective use.   Read more >>

My Board Member Wants to Work for me. What Should I Do?

By Jeff Ballow, Senior Consultant - You have just posted a new position on a variety of job sites, circulated the position description to colleagues near and far, and among the initial wave of inquiries is an e-mail from a current member of your board of directors expressing interest in the position. You stare at your computer monitor and wonder, “How should I handle this situation?”  Read more >>

Succession Planning and Performance Evaluations: Two Sides of the Same Coin

 By Jean Lobell - In an earlier post, I outlined Three Key Issues in Succession Planning. Today’s post is a continuation of the insights I shared on the key elements of a successful succession planning process.  Read more >>

The ED’s Lament: How Do I Get My Board to Perform?

by Mohan Sikka - Executive Directors frequently tell me that they are dissatisfied with the performance of their boards.  Read more >>

The Importance of Community Within the Board Room

 By Valyrie Laedlein - In any setting, what is it that compels hard work, extension of self, high performance, commitment of time?   Read more >>

Your Board’s Generative Work

by Valyrie Laedlein - How much time do those of us on executive teams spend preparing reports, summaries, “Board Books,” and Power Point presentations for our Board of Directors meetings?  Read more >>

What Is It About Boards?

by Valyrie Laedlein - The Board of Directors.  Mention the phrase to many Executive Directors, and you’ll get rolling eyes, a sigh, a weary shaking of the head, sometimes an earful.  It’s the rare nonprofit executive who will respond with an enthusiastic assessment of his or her Board.

What is it about Boards that makes them such hard-to-develop, low-yield assets?  Read more >>

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