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Mike Burns
Asking the right planning questions to support nonprofit success.
Interests: Assessments: internal challenges; board/staff relationships; ventures; merger prospects. If you would like to know more about me and my firm, please visit my web site:
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The duty of loyalty requires that board members be completely loyal to the nonprofit at all times. It also imposes the responsibility to avoid possible conflicts of interest, thereby precluding a director from self-dealing or taking advantage of a corporate... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Does a nonprofit "win" when the board hires a new exec in place of a founder who steps away from the position but stays on the board? This is the central question for Clothed by Faith, a nonprofit in Houston... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Among a variety of concerns that are voiced about Southwest Keys, the big nonprofit contractor with the US Federal Government for housing immigrant detained youth, the one that appears to get the most public ire is that of the salary... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
In the infancy and juvenile stages of development, volunteers and often board members wearing their volunteer (versus governance) hat do every job to ensure that what is supposed to happen, does. With limited funds, many nonprofit never really leave the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
According to Leana Wen, the recent Planned Parenthood Exec, she was "ousted"today following what she called a "secret meeting". In the job for a little less than a year, Ms. Wen states that she is leaving "because the new Board... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
As was reported in today's New York Times: BEDFORD, Va. — A Virginia woman is facing a lawsuit in Ugandan court accusing her nonprofit (Serving His Children) of operating in the country illegally and leading to the deaths of Ugandan... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nonprofit Board Crisis
From the Akron Beacon Journal: "The findings show that while women make up 45 percent of executive director positions in the female-dominated nonprofit sector of Summit County, just four women (or 20 percent) and no women of color are represented... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
The success of Glaad is a present and possibly future history story. This is an institution that has and continues to fight the good fight in the best interest of its constituents. A June 29, 2019 New York Times article... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
When should a nonprofit board question expenses on an income and expense statement? WHEN THEY DON"T MAKE SENSE! That's right: common sense is pretty much the minimum requirement nonprofit board members have to understand an income and expense statement. Unless... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Just how difficult is it for a nonprofit board to follow its bylaws and stated values? Difficult enough to be sued by its beneficiaries for not abiding by these? Well, maybe not in most cases but for the US Soccer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
An article in the Rutland Times (Vermont) caught my attention this morning. The article centered around a woman who is described as one of the lifelines of the Symphony Orchestra and now the group has raised $500K in her name... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Sweet Briar College continues having survived a rebound via its alumni who, when told, could not accept the closure, for economic reasons, of their alma mater. Hampshire College is this year one of many small colleges facing the similar fate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
The following lessons were shared in The Conversation in an article researched by Young-Joo Lee Director of the Master's Program in Nonprofit Management, University of Central Florida. I believe these findings would benefit boards struggling with understanding the impact of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
I am thinking that most nonprofit board members rely solidly on their execs to ensure that all rules and regulations are met. That reliance is good to a point but that same reliance doesn't eradicate board members' fiduciary responsibilities. One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
You are spot on Jane Gartheson!
The American Hospital Association has just released its 2019 National Health Care Governance Survey Report and there are lessons, I believe, that apply to most nonprofits. Going to the site will offer you the opportunity to download and review the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
The eyes of Texas have been opened and the cost for the board president of a number of child welfare agencies has been great. Steal this president did to first result in a variety of benefits in the form of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
A newly released study indicates that a third of the world doesn't "lacks confidence" in NGO's. "In the United States, 60 percent of respondents said they trust charities, and 27 percent said they don’t. Those results are similar to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
The chatter about how difficult it is to recruit "good" board members is pretty constant. The range of "needs" appears wide as boards try fundamentally to ensure that the by-law specified minimum number of members is in-place and subsequently, that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
The following Worth Magazine article provides insights that nonprofit board governance committees might consider using as they work-on and implement their board recruitment plan. The article considers what are less-than-stellar reasons for joining a board as well as what are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Here's an "ad" I found in today's New York Nonprofit Media: Calling all social butterflies! We all know your place in young New York Society is defined by where you live, what parties you’re seen at, and which charities you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
In case you missed it, my recent column in the NonprofitPro magazine was just released. You can see the full article here. The article offers my thinking about if, when and how to recognize the individuals who sit on your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Last year I had the opportunity to learn about a board that was in disarray. The board had been violating its bylaws and doing a disservice to its community constituents. But the constituents stood up and said "no more". Be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
Marcus May has helped write some chapters on how to personally benefit from a nonprofit. Mr. May is now facing legal charges from the Feds (there was Federal money involved) but his playbook should serve to at least provide some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis
As you might know by now (if you regularly peruse this blog) one of my "issues" with NANOE, this nonprofit focused on redesigning nonprofit boards, is the organization's insistence that paying board members for meeting attendance has issues. At minimum... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Nonprofit Board Crisis