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Annette Look, NPLI Program and Communications Manager

The Role of the Board of Directors – What can a nonprofit expect?

Board member engagement is critical for nonprofit success. The million-dollar question is “What exactly is the role of the board?” Is it surprising to learn the role of the board may not always be clear to nonprofit board members? Is the role of the board of directors to be actively engaged in fund development activities? […]

Grants and Thanksgiving: Lessons from the Art of Grantwriting Workshop

Thanksgiving and grant writing may not seem immediately similar, but after hosting the Art of Grant Writing Workshop for nonprofit leaders, some interesting parallels came to mind. Talking turkey There is no way around it — grant writing comes with the territory when you’re a nonprofit fundraiser, yet very few of us have received formal […]

‘Spooky’ things nonprofit leaders should watch out for

It’s almost Halloween! While nonprofit leaders won’t be facing werewolves and witches, there are a few spooky things they face: The Invisible Line Item: The professional development line item seems to don an invisibility cloak too often, and it’s scary when nonprofit organizations don’t invest in themselves. Professional development has been shown to enhance job […]

Academy prepares nonprofit board members for roles ahead

Do you have a job description? If so, have you looked at it recently? Job descriptions for nonprofit board members can be complicated and, like many job descriptions, can include the catch-all phrase “other duties as assigned.” Nonprofit Leadership Initiative’s Board Academy helps nonprofit board members understand the long list of responsibilities listed in their job […]

After 10 years, NPLI remains focused, agile

“Managing Strategy with Focus and Agility.” That was the theme of the day when the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (NPLI) Steering Council met for a strategic planning retreat on March 7. Pictured above: Steering Council Retreat – front row – Becky Boulanger, Jeff Hunter, Tammy Geenen. Back row – Rich Thompson, Jeff Hahn, David Weiss, Andrew […]

Nonprofit Leaders Sharpen Their Management Skills

Only 14% of employees feel their performance is managed in a way that motivates them, according to Harvard Business Review. How to combat that disheartening statistic was the focus of the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative’s (NPLI) Feb. 16 Leadership Forum on Coaching and Development led by Tricia Perkins from Lake Effect HR and Law, LLC. NPLI […]