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FAQs: Nonprofit Advisory Boards

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

What is an Advisory Board and how does it differ from a Board of Directors?

An Advisory Board is formed to support the Board of Directors and Executive Director. Whereas, the Board of Directors is bylaws-driven and primarily focused on the mission, the Advis...

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Key Stages in a Board's Evolution

Posted by Stephen Lemire on August 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

There are many important phases through which a nonprofit board of directors must pass to become firmly established and effective. In particular, I view the early stages as being marked by significant developments and transitions, and the latter stages highlighted by professional ...

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Founder's Syndrome or Growing Pains?

Posted by Stephen Lemire on July 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been the first executive director employed by a small staff professional association several times. This has given me the distinction to work closely with many founding boards of directors to bring their visions to life to create self-sustaining membership organizations.

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Relationship as an Early Predictor of Board - Executive Director Success

Posted by Stephen Lemire on July 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The most important relationship in a small staff nonprofit is the one between the board of directors and the executive director. It is a dynamic partnership which changes as the organization matures and as board members rotate on an annual basis.
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During the hir...

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A Call to Fund E.D. Professional Development

Posted by Stephen Lemire on April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Executive directors, particularly in small staff nonprofits, often operate without a peer. Though they have access to ever-increasing avenues of virtual, professio...
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Observations on Effective Boards

Posted by Stephen Lemire on February 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Board of Directors Greatest Hits sounds like a Time-Life series of CDs (not sold in stores). But, rather, it is a compilation of my “somewhat edit...
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The 'Fit' Need Go Both Ways

Posted by Stephen Lemire on November 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (2)

The most important relationship in a small staff nonprofit is the one between the board of directors and the executive director. It is a...

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Micromanagement is a 4-Letter Word

Posted by Stephen Lemire on October 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In a small staff association or community nonprofit the executive director, more times than not, is a specialist. What’s unique about the executive director’s role is that the specialty is being a generalist. The executive director, as CEO, can fill the roles of development officer, marketing and communications manager, event coordinator, and many others depending on the size of the organization.

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