Author: Christina Becker

Is your non-profit board in trouble?

0

Recognize the signs of dysfunction and act now! You are part of a non-profit to make a difference in the community, but it can be hard to get things done if your board of directors doesn’t work well together. Did you know that we are more likely to communicate our unhappiness through our behaviour? Successful […]

(more...)

Volunteer Leadership: A Primer

0

Last month, I met some remarkable volunteer leaders. It was a great experience. The occasion was a workshop that I gave at the national conference of the Canadian Society of Association Executives on Volunteer Leadership. I love talking to people about their challenges and hearing their stories. Wonderful conversations were had with each round table […]

(more...)

The Difference between Governance and Management

0

Many non-profit Boards of Directors are working boards. They must attend to the functions of governance and management. Sometimes the distinction between the two gets lost. One way to think about the difference is to look at the roots of each word. The earliest reference to the notion of governance comes from the ancient Greek […]

(more...)

Strategic Planning vs Strategic Thinking

0

Non-profit organizations often let strategic planning fall by the wayside. As a result, far too many associations function without a plan. Criticisms often cited include “it is too expensive”, “it takes too much time”, “nothing really changes afterwards”, and finally “things change so fast that we can’t keep the plan current”. However, strategic planning can […]

(more...)

Best Practices: What makes a Board of Directors great?

0

As a non-profit board member, you may have sat through countless meetings over the years wondering why they aren’t more useful or efficient. You are a busy person and wonder if you might just be wasting your time. Too much energy is spent talking about operational details and not enough on policy or future direction. […]

(more...)