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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.

The Right Relationship Is Everything

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Get Ready, Board Members! You’ve Got Work to Do!

The last seven days have been stunning. We’ve had ice storms upon snow storms, subway shut downs, political scandals across the Hudson, and disappointments on Capitol Hill.

But those of us with an eye on New York’s nonprofit community – and the City’s new administration – are busy taking in the breathtaking level of transition that is hitting our sector.   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 >>

Looking Beyond the Obvious as You Select Your Next Board Treasurer

By Jeff Ballow, Senior Consultant - Recently I met with a client, an executive director of a small youth development organization, who was concerned about an impending leadership transition on her board of directors. The long-time treasurer, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), was set to leave the board, and this ED did not see any natural replacements among her current board members. “I guess I need to go find an accountant who can immediately step into this role,” she said glumly.  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 >>

One Size Does Not Fit All Boards

By Valyrie Laedlein, CRE Co-Director - The recent publication of Daring to Lead 2011, the national survey of over 3,000 nonprofit executive directors about their organizations and experiences in leadership, makes plain the nature of the challenge in getting a Board of Directors to make a solid contribution to the nonprofit it governs. The small to medium nonprofits participating in the survey (roughly 2/3 of respondents had organizational budgets of under $3 million) face a particular set of constraints.  Read more >>

How to Leverage Nonprofit Board Matching Services

by Randall Quan - Board development is a regular topic among CRE clients. Nonprofits are always looking for that perfect mix of folks who care deeply about their missions, take their oversight responsibilities seriously, attend meetings, and add value to their organizations’ overall effort. Oh, and groups would love for their Board members to fundraise—both to write large checks themselves and to get their friends and colleagues to write large checks.   Read more >>

When and How to Create Nonprofit Board Committees

A committee is simply a group that can carry out tasks on behalf of the full Board.  A committee is often a subgroup of the Board itself, but it can also include non-Board members such as outside experts or even volunteers.    Read more >>

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