Reflections, stories & ideas on non-profit leadership.
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Another wrinkle on family members on boards

July 26, 2016

The son of one of your nursing home clients, an elderly woman with dementia, is on your board. At board meetings he often raises issues around the care she is receiving such as how she is treated by staff, staff training, the cleanliness of the facilities, or the quality of the meals provided. The other family members around the table, which represent half your board, are usually quick to add their input based on their experience with their loved ones.  Having the executive director’s ear at a board meeting apparently can be too good an opportunity to pass up.
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Governing good is back

July 9, 2016

After a three year hiatus from GoverningGood, I am back with the intention of adding my voice once again to the blogosphere. I have a number of post in the works including ones on family members and clients on boards, the importance of strong organizational culture in the non-profit sector, and how to recruit for real commitment as one of the attributes one looks for in new board members.

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Distinguishing Strategy

November 28, 2013

I was having coffee the other day with friend at the Humani-T Cafe on South Park Street in Halifax. In the course of a wide-ranging conversation about non-profits, she related a story about a organization she knew of whose board said they could not do strategic planning because they did not have the resources.
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Tablelands trail boardwalk, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, © Magi Nams; used with permission.

Conduct becoming

September 24, 2013

A group of students at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, one of Canada’s premier small post-secondary institutions, started a music project in 2001 they called “Conduct Becoming” to raise money for cancer research. The students decided their project should recognize exemplary behaviour, not the opposite, with which they were so often labelled .
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This photo of Cape Breton Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Jigs, reels and non-profits

September 24, 2013

Here there is more to Scotland than a curiosity about “hairy coos” and ancient castles. Now some senior Nova Scotia government officials are all abuzz about importing social enterprise ideas from across the sea where they feel this idea has taken root more so than here.
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