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A Step-by-Step Recipe For Meaningful Board Engagement

by Joan Garry

An engaged board is a high-functioning board. Keep reading to learn how to empower your board to engage in strategic decision making for your nonprofit.

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My Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Runs Deep

by Joan Garry

Earlier this year, I shared my commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with you and asked you to hold me accountable. I am still on the journey, and I am excited to share an update with you in this video!

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How to Fire a Nonprofit Employee (Gracefully)

by Joan Garry

Firing an employee is never easy. But letting a colleague who’s not a good fit stay for too long can get in the way of your mission. Here’s how to do this more gracefully, even if you’re a natural people pleaser.

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Make Nonprofit Storytelling Your Super Power

by Joan Garry

Nonprofit storytelling can light a fire in the belly of any and everyone you meet and inspire them to join your mission. Keep reading to learn the way and get a free template to help you get your storytelling right.

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Helping the Helpers: My New and Improved Blog

by Joan Garry

This blog has been a go-to resource for nonprofit leaders over the past 10 years… and now it’s faster, more mobile-friendly, and all about helping the helpers. Keep reading to learn more about the improvements we’ve made with you in mind.

An Onboarding Checklist for New Board Members

by Joan Garry

Got new board members? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to successfully onboard them — and download your free board orientation checklist!

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Before You Dissolve Your Nonprofit…

by Joan Garry

Bills are piling up, team members are leaving for new opportunities, your board is questioning if the investment is even worth it… is it time to dissolve your nonprofit organization? Keep reading to find out.

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Is Servant Leadership the Right Approach for Nonprofit Leaders?

by Joan Garry

Let’s talk about servant leadership — is it an oxymoron (like jumbo shrimp)? Is this approach the reason so many nonprofit leaders burn out? Keep reading to uncover the truth about this often debated approach to leadership.

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Should Board Members Be Required to Donate?

by Joan Garry

Is your board of directors required to donate? In this post, I dive into why giving back to your organization is one of the best practices of highly effective nonprofit boards.

Is Your Organization Ready for a Game-Changing Major Gift?

by Joan Garry

What would a game-changing major gift to your organization make possible? In this blog post, I discuss why every nonprofit should be able to answer this question and how to get the conversation started at your org.