Mission Statement Possible

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Your nonprofit’s mission statement needs to succinctly capture the essence and define the purpose of your organization. It should distinctly state what you provide, for whom you provide it, and why you exist.

The mission statement is a key component of your legal documents and strategic plan. It guides all important organizational decision-making. An effective mission statement provides a mapped out course from which measureable goals and objectives may be developed.

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The Dynamic Strategic Plan

Posted by Stephen Lemire on March 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Many nonprofit organizations traditionally go through a laborious and necessary process to revise their strategic plan every three-to -five years. This cumbersome effort can generate a literal binder of ambitious goals and work plans. Yet, this handsome document sadly ends up often as a doorstop ...

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Rite of Spring

Posted by Stephen Lemire on March 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

As baseball ‘s annual return to spring training marks a new season, so too I view my return to the keyboard for a new year of blogging. The off-season allowed me to gain perspective on the past year and to develop a renewed sense of excitement and energy for the coming one.

Having taken a...

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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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Experienced EDs and the Job Market

Posted by Stephen Lemire on June 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

During the past ten years as the economy has gone through more valleys than peaks, the nonprofit sector has been impacted many ways. Obviously, one of these has been a hit to the workforce. A subgroup that has had a particularly difficult time finding new employment is experien...

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Event Planning is Evolutionary

Posted by Stephen Lemire on March 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

During the past 25 years when I worked as an executive director of various national, state, and community small staff associations, one of the many hats that I wore ...
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Priorities for Professional Associations

Posted by Stephen Lemire on March 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The wheel (above) is a perfect illustration for the outline (below) as it depicts the five general priorities for a professional membership asso...

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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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Through the Eyes of a Babe

Posted by Stephen Lemire on December 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

My grand-nephew Beckett made his first trip to Massachusetts last week for the extended family Christmas Eve gathering. After spending a couple hours watching him I realized that this tot was reinforcing some important lessons on nonprofit management.


He got the...

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