The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

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How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]

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Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?

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One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]

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ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

Mullets, motorized stools and Turducken. All clearly bad ideas. But one debate with not so clear an answer is whether an Executive Director should also serve as an organization’s Board President. I know where I line up on the issue. The two positions should be separate. But it might be helpful (for me and possibly […]

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Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]

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ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

Well, had a “wowza” moment after reading about this. The Board of a North Dakota animal shelter held closed sessions (executive meetings) twice last Fall to discuss terminating an Executive Director and the possibility of a lawsuit as a result. The first closed session was to talk about the Executive Director and other personnel issues. […]

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