The Nonprofit Governance Blog


The Governance Blog is for people who serve on nonprofit boards. It discusses the role of nonprofit directors, reviews the expectations placed on them by state and federal law and answers the questions most frequently asked by volunteer directors about their service.

Six Review Standards for Nonprofit Directors

Six Review Standards for Nonprofit Directors

It seems simple enough: one good way to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit directors is to periodically assess their individual performance. As noted in our previous blog, without a regular review process, problem directors are not confronted, absentee directors...

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Director Report Cards

Director Report Cards

Comparing the performance of publicly traded and nonprofit boards is a common sport, with for-profit directors often coming in second to nonprofits’ “mission-driven” behavior.  However, there is one essential element of governance where publicly-traded boards...

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How Well Does Your Board Pivot?

How Well Does Your Board Pivot?

A recent column by Chicago attorney Michael Peregrine on Forbes.com (January 9, 2024) warned boards of directors that it is “rarely (if ever) too late … in a process to reverse an initiative that proves to carry exceptional legal or ethical risks.” Peregrine discussed...

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Working Boards vs. Governing Boards

Working Boards vs. Governing Boards

Depending upon your source of artificial intelligence, you may have heard that all nonprofit boards are split into two great divides - working boards and governing boards. According to internet lore, Working Boards are composed of industrious community leaders willing...

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Lessons from Truman’s Southern White House

Lessons from Truman’s Southern White House

A recent visit to the Truman Little White House in Key West, Florida, inspired this post. Harry S. Truman was not well educated by Eastern elite standards.  He attended Spalding’s Commercial College for one year and later took law school classes at night. ...

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The Annual Conference

The Annual Conference

My grandfather worked most of his life at Hatch and Bailey’s Lumberyard in Westport, Connecticut. He was a Lumberman, and once a year, for one day, he went to the Lumberman’s Convention in New York City. My Grandfather was a stern German-American who was a deacon in...

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Boot Camp for New Board Members

Boot Camp for New Board Members

Congratulations, you have recruited an excellent new board member. She is smart, well connected and committed to your mission.  Do you say to her, “Attend a few board meetings; you will get to know us pretty quickly.” Or do you tell her exactly what you say to your...

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