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 Leadership - Vision Connection

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)

I was very fortunate to have been able to learn many lessons about leadership from my Dad. In addition, I have benefitted from great mentors who also willingly shared their views.

As a result of my own experience, and having worked with many influen...

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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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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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Lessons in Volunteerism

Posted by Stephen Lemire on August 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Not only have I been an executive director for a number of different nonprofits that relied on its volunteer board of directors as well as some volunteer staff, I have also served as a volunteer board member and staffer at other organizations. Aside from their major responsibili...

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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.

During the hir...

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How Inexperienced EDs can avoid this Important Mistake

Posted by Stephen Lemire on July 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

[I had the pleasure of recently being interviewed by Natasha Golinsky of Next Level Nonprofits http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/. Available through her website on July 5 will be a 10-part audio download, “10 Critical Mistakes First-Time Executive Directors Make when...

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