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Are You Kidding Me?

A board member of one of our area nonprofits recently told me that "the board doesn't hire the nonprofit CEO; the nonprofit CEO hires the board"

Don Crocker
Are you kidding me?

Sadly, the reality of this perception is frightening -- especially given the current economic realities we face.

Here are some thoughts for Board Development and Effectiveness in 2011:
  1. Increased board engagement is NOT optional! Boards must step up and govern and they must be "in-charge" of hiring and firing CEOs

  2. The board as a body and as individuals must sharpen their understanding and ownership of finances

  3. Board members must up their activity in engaging new supporters and stewarding long-term supporters

  4. The board leaders and CEO must communicate openly and often

  5. The board must organize itself and its individual members to be effective and efficient, set clear goals for itself, and regularly measure its progress toward results

Our most thoughtful and progressive boards are renewing their commitment to strategic planning and organizing their meetings to determine how board members can fuel staff efforts to meet organizational imperatives.  


Let's talk about this and let me know what your board is doing to fuel your strategy in 2011.  


>>> Post your comments/strategies  

Yours in partnership,
Don Crocker

Don Crocker,
Executive Director/CEO
New Client
The Support Center and affiliate consultant Marie Zieger are assisting The Boys & Girls Club of Newark with its strategic planning process.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark (BGCN),  provides opportunities for youth that empower them to succeed and excel as contributing members of society.  

This is accomplished by providing a safe environment, under the direction of caring and trained adults, where programs develop life skills, values, character and leadership, thereby helping young people realize their individual potential.

>>> Consulting Services

Apply for a Taproot Foundation Service Grant 
Taproot Foundation

Deadline: March 1st

The Taproot Foundation makes teams of pro bono consultants available to qualified organizations that improve society and the NYC community-at-large. 

Grants are valued from $50,000-$75,000.


Applications are currently being accepted from nonprofits that are specifically seeking to use Taproot's pro bono Service Grants to improve and further volunteerism within their organizations

Please evaluate the basic application criteria and eligibility prior to applying.

The application is completed online and can often be finished in a few hours.

>>> Taptroot Foundation 
Staff Update 
Andrea Bustros
Andrea Bustros, our training and marketing associate, is leaving the Support Center to go into teaching. Andrea has been accepted into Hunter College to do a full time Master's Degree in Childhood Education starting in February. We are sorry to lose her, with her great energy and talents, but know that she will be a huge asset to the teaching profession. We have selected Andrea's replacement and will introduce her to you very soon.

>>> Training