Strategic Planning During the COVID-19 Era

Since March 2020 many Associations and other not-for-profits have been drastically affected by COVID-19. This pandemic will be with us for many months, there is no doubt. A key part

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What If Your Board Suddenly Disappeared?

Executive Directors can spend a lot of time complaining about their boards – wanting them to leave them alone. But imagine, if you will, what would happen if you waved

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Knowing When to Say No to your Board

Picture this. You’ve just completed a two-day annual planning workshop with your Board of Directors, set against a backdrop that encourages free thinking, new ideas, lots of time for networking,

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What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of a Director?

Directors often have a lack of clarity on their roles and responsibilities. As a result, Board fiduciary responsibilities may not be fulfilled leading to a host of issues including conflicts

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Does Your Board Have Parking Lot Conversations?

Some Board members are quiet during meetings, but they engage in spirited discussions during breaks or in the parking lot after the meeting. Such conversations may include criticisms of decisions

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How To Hold A Virtual Annual General Meeting

As technology advances, associations and other not-for-profits continuously need to re-evaluate their processes in order to stay ahead of the curve and not seem outdated. AGMs are rarely known for

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Want to Make the Board Mad at You?

If you want to make a bad impression as the newest member of the Board of Directors, here’s some tips: Miss the first two meetings then tell them you read

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Board Full Disclosure Please

Disclose everything expected of directors. Recently I heard a board chair remind directors they are expected to contribute $12,000 to association’s foundation. Some of the directors looked at each other

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2019 Emerging Not-For-Profit Governance Trends

Size Matters It’s usually easier for 8 people to agree on a course of action than for larger groups to do so. Although the average not-for-profit board size in Canada

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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Evaluate Your Organization

1. You want to grow your revenue and membership. 2. You need to change to be relevant to your member’s needs. 3. You need to grow your revenues to stay

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