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Nonprofit Board Assessments: How to Evaluate Nonprofit Board Members

Nancy Ridenour, NLC Board Chair Tips

How do you know if a nonprofit board is carrying out its duties successfully? Nonprofit board assessments are essential to measure board effectiveness and ensure board members govern the organization appropriately. What is a board evaluation? A board evaluation is a process for assessing a nonprofit board’s performance and the extent to which its members fulfill their roles and responsibilities. …

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Taking the Mystery Out of Nonprofit CEO Evaluations: How to Measure CEO Performance  

Emily H. Benham, FAHP, CFRE | CEO, NLC Tips

After years of training board members on how to lead and govern nonprofit organizations, one question consistently comes up in every session I teach: What’s the best way to support a nonprofit CEO and ensure strong executive leadership for the future? While there are many components to effective CEO support, one of the most crucial is nonprofit CEO evaluation.  According …

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Can an MBA Help Your Nonprofit Career

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Although nonprofits are different from corporations, many nonprofit leaders underestimate the importance of running their organizations like a business. Getting a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is one strategy some leaders pursue to increase their personal and organizational effectiveness. But, can an MBA help in a nonprofit? Amarela Peqini, business operations manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Center, says a resounding …

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Mental Health Resources for Nonprofit Professionals

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness. Recently, nonprofit leaders at five national organizations called on nonprofit CEOs to prioritize mental health by: Training managers to support employees’ mental health Increasing employees’ options for where, when and how they work Re-examining organizational health insurance policies with a focus on mental health …

How to Calculate the Value of Volunteer Time

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE Tips

Some things in life are hard to put a value on — love, passion, dedication, selflessness. These are all attributes volunteers embody, but how can nonprofits determine the value of a volunteer hour? Each year, Independent Sector gathers data and conducts research on volunteerism in the nonprofit sector. The results of that research provide nonprofits a way to calculate the …

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How to Request Training from Your Boss

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You’re ready to grow your skills and career. You’ve found the perfect professional development opportunity. But you’re not sure how to request training from your boss. What if they think it is too expensive? What if they say no? Most managers want team members who proactively seek personal and professional development, but asking your manager for training can feel awkward …

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Volunteer Resources for Nonprofits

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According to the most recent report from the U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 62.6 million Americans — about 1 in 4 U.S. adults — volunteer. LinkedIn reported that its users added more than 110,000 volunteer activities per month during the pandemic, double the rate of 2017. Given the significant, and often critical, role volunteers play, nonprofits must be armed with volunteer resources to …

Why have a DEI committee: DEI roles and responsibilities

Why a DEI Committee is Essential for Your Nonprofit: How to Get Started

Chris Johnson, Board Member & DEI Committee Chair Tips

Why is it important to have a DEI committee? What does a DEI committee do, and what are the DEI committee roles and responsibilities? Nonprofit Leadership Center Board Member and DEI Committee Chair Christopher Johnson answers these questions and more. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and concepts like DEI committees and DEI statements have become common topics on social media …