Dear Joan…

I'm way less bossy than Lucy

I’m way less bossy than Lucy
(maybe my kids would not think so)

I recently asked the members of my mailing list to send me their struggles and told them I’d answer some in my next post.

( Note: You are on my mailing list, yes? You’re not? Then go sign up here and come back when you’re done. You won’t regret it.)

Thanks to the MANY folks who wrote to me. What I heard in every one was a passion to get it right.

As a quick aside, two days of Passover reminded me how important your work is — each of you devoted to righting wrongs, increasing tolerance, serving the needy, working with the marginalized communities around the world. I thought a lot about all of you throughout each of my evenings.

And so, in that context, it continues to be a privilege to help you with your struggles. And so here goes. A sample of questions I received representing what I felt were issues with universal application.Continue Reading


Is Your Board As Good As This One?


In his own words, a board member shares why he believes his is a great board of directors.

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Why Do So Many Nonprofits Live or Die By Special Events?

For those of you who've never seen one, this is a rolodex.

Why do so many nonprofits rely on special events revenue? This is a huge mistake and can take down a nonprofit.

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You Might Have A Dysfunctional Board If…

You can't make this stuff up.

How do you know you have a dysfunctional board? Here are the stories 11 different people shared with me.

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Hey Executive Director! Time to Get a Thicker Skin!

Before you mount your high horse, ask a few questions.

How can you avoid being whiny or defensive when you’re criticized regularly from all sides? Even by people on YOUR side?

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True Tales of Dysfunctional Boards

Possible board recruits for a train wreck board.

Here are the funniest “train wreck nonprofit board” stories that have been shared with me.

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The Five Attributes of a Great Executive Director

Great Executive Directors

If your nonprofit Executive Director doesn’t have these 5 traits, he/she may not get very far. They’re way more important than any specific skill set.

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