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Three Instant Improvements for Board Agendas and Accountability
Three instant ways to improve meetings simply by what you put on the piece of paper titled “Board Agenda:”
Can I Be Held Personally Liable for Misclassifying an Employee as Exempt?
Individuals can be personally liable for unpaid wages and other remedies under the FLSA and possibly also under state law.
Benchmarking and Analyzing Salaries: A Fast How-To
Everyone’s heard of benchmarking and salary analysis, but what are some easy tools to use? This article is adapted from a chapter in The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources by Jan Masaoka, to be published by Nolo Press in the fall of 2011. …
Blue Ribbon Nominating Committee for Your Board
A detailed method for your nonprofit’s nominating committee to recruit 3-5 new board members in the next 6 months.
Lucky 7: The Casino Industry and Philanthropy
Is it worth going all-in on casino philanthropy? Only if you know when to lay the odds and when to take the odds.
Alternatives to Strategic Planning at Nonprofits
In Part 1 of this two-article series, we discussed some of the ways in which strategic planning processes have served nonprofits poorly. One key reason is that strategic planning is the primary organizational change process that nonprofits know …
In Defense of Strategic Planning: A Rebuttal
Consultant Mike Allison provides a defense of strategic planning for the nonprofit sector in rebuttal to a prior Blue Avocado article.
Strategic Planning: Failures and Alternatives
When recessions happen, many nonprofits can’t move forward on strategic plans. Jan Masaoka explores what nonprofits can do instead.
Firing the Executive Director
Sometimes a board needs to fire an executive director. Sometimes it’s clear, more often it’s a little fuzzier. So when and how do you do it?
How to Hire Your First Development Director
The only thing worse than not having fundraising staff is having bad fundraising staff. To help you avoid the mistakes many others have made in hiring development staff, we’ve stolen a script of a scene with consultant Leyna Bernstein as she talks with …