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Board Composition + Recruitment

Board Leadership Succession: What Do We Do When No One Will Step Up?

by Guest Blogger
I recently met with an executive director of a nonprofit who told me, “My board chair and my treasurer are both ‘interim’.” When I asked the E.D. what that meant, the reply was: “Neither of them wants to continue as officers, but no one else from the board will take their places.” I wish I […]

Increasing Board Engagement in Fundraising

by Molly O'Connell
When Andy Robinson joined us earlier this year for Focus on Friendraising, we sat down with him to discuss one of the most common questions we hear: how do I get my board fired up about fundraising? Use this short video as a discussion prompt with your boards and advisory councils! Look for more board development? Our next Board […]

Mission-Driven Leadershift: Voices from the Field

by Molly O'Connell
In recognition of the leadership changes many of our members are facing–not to mention our own executive transition (bye, Scott!, hello, Jennifer!)–we launched our Mission Driven Leadershift initiative at the beginning of 2016. As part of this project we invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts and they delivered wise words and guidance you won’t want […]

Executive Transition: The Role of Board Diversity, Youth, and Zombies

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to offer this post by Stephanie Cotsirilos, Maine-based organizational consultant, as part of our Mission Driven Leadershift series. “Succession is often wickedly intertwined with the state of the board’s functioning and the enterprise’s strategy . . . when facing significant changes in the environment—such as new technologies, new delivery mechanisms, and different […]

What would your nonprofit do with $5000?

by Mary Erin Casale
Through their Leaders & Luminaries Awards, Camden National Bank honors board members who have effectively used inspiration, creativity, and ingenuity in board governance. This year, through The Bank of Maine Foundation, they’ll present four awards totaling $20,000 to nonprofit board members who have made important contributions in their communities. The awards will be presented during our Fall Executive […]

FAQs about BoDs (Frequently Asked Questions about Boards of Directors)

by Katie Mae Simpson
Five Ways to Develop Your Board Some of the questions we get asked the most here at MANP are about board recruitment and development.   While recruiting and maintaining a committed and active board can be challenging, it is a vital part of operating a dynamic and healthy nonprofit organization. As you consider the best ways […]

In Board Member Recruitment, It Matters Who Asks

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to present this guest post from Jeff Wahlstrom, managing director of Starboard Leadership Consulting. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine. For more on this topic, learn about MANP’s full strategic board […]

The First Meeting of the Nominating Committee

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to present this guest post from Jeff Wahlstrom, managing director of Starboard Leadership Consulting. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine. For more on this topic, learn about MANP’s full strategic board […]

If Recruitment is a Priority, Put the Right People on the Job

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to present this guest post from Jeff Wahlstrom, managing director of Starboard Leadership Consulting. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine.  For more on this topic, learn about MANP’s full strategic board […]

Women’s Equality and Your Organization

by Mary Erin Casale
Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day. It marks the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This success was the result of three generations of unrelenting, brilliant and courageous advocacy work. With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and working against a […]