Nonprofit executives and board volunteers today are leading organizations through a time of rapid change and challenge. To succeed in this new era our organizations need to embrace a continuous improvement mindset and seek ways to become better in all areas of our work.
During economic downturns families adjust their spending and individuals consider if donating to charities is possible. Governments undertake reviews of the social programs to balance budgets that may influence charitable grant programs. Corporate funders rethink how their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives align with community needs. All the while, fundraisers require support to achieve the financial needs of the charity.
The ‘Emma dilemma’ demonstrates how wrong it is to judge an entire generation as it is to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Employers need to take steps to recruit, train and support young staff entering the workforce and not cry in their soup when things don’t go just right.
Regardless of your organization’s size, the Board of Directors can be more effective in setting strategic direction, mitigating risks, guiding executive leadership, mustering resources and providing responsible governance if they have proper leadership. Organizations with a robust, well executed selection and ‘on-boarding’ process can help elect the right Chair.