Policy Governance (R*) Renewed Interest in Sensible Implementation

Introduction John Carver’s Policy Governance © model of nonprofit board governance enjoyed some acceptance in the nonprofit community in the 1990s and early 2000s.  Many organizations embraced the model whole-heartedly and most of these nonprofits continue its use today.  The “Carver” model is a set of abstract concepts with a complexity causing others to attempt full implementation and to abandon it in frustration  A 2003 survey of...

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Nonprofit Boards Discovering Executive Director Misconduct

A nonprofit board’s worst nightmare is the discovery of financial malfeasance or gross violation of personnel laws by the chief executive officer. While staff do make unfounded complaints about an executive director (ED), cases of significant management shortcomings are sadly on the rise.  Factors contributing to this increase are human resource litigation; over-lean staffing; lack of professional management training; and the...

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Why Public and Private Nonprofits Tolerate Toxic Behavior

Even though I’ve been immersed in the topic of Toxic Employees since the book came out in June, “Toxic Employees: great companies resolve this problem, you can too”, I was actually shocked at the serious nature of negative stories from a group of public sector employees, recently.  It has been my impression that private nonprofits struggled with toxic employee behavior more than the private sector but these stories...

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6 Strategies Sucessful Banks use When Lending to Nonprofits

Banks with troubled nonprofit portfolios are often in a tough position. Nonprofits typically operate on peril’s edge—tight cash flow and insufficient surplus to withstand late or decreasing revenue payments. Their very nature creates a desire for a line of credit and/or loans to purchase basic operating equipment. Unfortunately, when nonprofits are late on loan payments it’s usually the tip of the iceberg. At this point, if the bank...

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