Author Archives: Terry Clark

What Are Board Fiduciary Duties ?

Board Fiduciary Duties Fiduciary duty equates with loyalty and encompasses the four main legal principles: The duty to act in the best interests of the organization The duty to disclose other interests and avoid conflicts The duty to maintain the … Continue reading

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What is The CEO’s Role in Recruiting Volunteers?

It is widely known that a key responsibility of the board of directors is to identify future leaders. The effort ensures sustainability. Cultivating volunteers takes time and is a never-ending task. The question here is, “Should the organization’s executive director … Continue reading

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Roberts Rules Made Simple

Roberts Rules of Order are one of the most accepted forms of meeting management procedures. While it hard to believe, they were developed in the 1800’s ( not a typo!) Yes, they have been revised and updated however in my … Continue reading

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The ROI on board service

“Leaders are made, they are not born,” said NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. So where does one find a good source for leadership development? Association boardrooms are ideal schools for leadership. Most volunteers join a board out of … Continue reading

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How to manage ‘I just have a question’

It sounds so virtuous when a board member says, “I just have a question.” You would expect the query can be answered briefly with a quick return to the agenda. In reality, the question opens a can of worms. A … Continue reading

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How do you handle founder’s syndrome?

Imagine how uncomfortable the board was. The founder of the organization had just asserted that, although the bylaws prescribed term limits, he was not ready to step aside. “I founded the organization, and I’m not sure my passion and principles … Continue reading

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How to Manage Your Association in a Crisis.

Mayday, mayday, mayday! The distress call known around the world might have the same name as International Workers’ Day – May Day – but they have no other connection, despite popular belief. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use May … Continue reading

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Lots of programs, lots of confusion: Evaluate, understand, bundle, repeat

by William D. Pawlucy One member said about the programs and services of his nonprofit, “I feel like I am walking in a fog and picking programs that might work for me. Once I am out of the fog, I am … Continue reading

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This meeting was a disaster

Thanks to MultiView Association Management for supplying this article. by Robert C. Harris Scheduled to start at 5 and end at 8, the meeting began with 20 people making self-introductions. They took 35 minutes. I recognized a glitch as a majority … Continue reading

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Evaluating the Board’s Performance

  Thanks to MultiView Association Management for supplying this article. by Shawna Strickland and Bob Harris The last item on the board’s agenda read, “Board Evaluation.” The last page in the board packet was a self-evaluation — sort of a … Continue reading

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