Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Management
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March 2011

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Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:00 AM • Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:00 AM • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B 536 N. Jackson, Jackson MI 49201
Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:00 AM • United Way Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Thursday, May 01, 2014 8:00 AM • Cascades Manor House, 1970 Kibby Road, Jackson, MI 49203

Advocacy Training - Webinar

MNA is offering a webinar: How & Why Nonprofits Should Advocate on April 6.

What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? How much can your nonprofit lobby? Get answers to these questions and learn more about:

-Messaging and Framing
-Tools and Tactics
-Meeting with an Elected Official
-Resources available for you

To register or get additional information, click here.

Welcome New Board Members

Please welcome new board members, Mike Shore and Shelly Hendrick.

Mike Shore, retired from Consumers Energy, has served on many boards as well as teaches our Board Chair workshop. Shelly Hendrick is one of our founders and served as the first Executive Director from 1999 - 2003.  She is currently the Executive Director of the American Red Cross, South Central Michigan

They join:

Shari Smith-Walters, CP Federal Credit Union

Chair

Cheryl Pezon, Curtis & Curtis

Vice-Chair, Chair Elect

Judy Jove, Family Service and Children’s Aid

Secretary

Terri Papiersky, South Central Credit Union

Treasurer

Lesia Pikaart, Michigan Prisoner Reentry

Immediate Past Chair

 

Tim Bair, Voice Data Network

 

Mindy Bradish-Orta, Jackson Chamber of Commerce

 

Karen Coffman, Jackson County

 

Ted Hilleary, Retired – Consumers

 

Suzy Turpel, Allegiance Health

Alternatives to Strategic Planning

If you haven't found Blue Avacado yet, you should.  It's a great resource, "practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits."

Here is a great article on Strategic Planning

Strategic planning -- when done appropriately for your organization -- can be exactly the right tool for the job. But, too often, strategic planning is undertaken for reasons that would be better served by other methods: engaging the board, getting everyone on the same page, getting buy-in from stakeholders, and so forth. And sometimes when boards are unhappy with their executive director, a strategic planning effort is the one thing they both can agree on.  

Different processes are better for different types of decisions and challenges. Here are some tips to strengthen any process as well as some specific alternative planning processes.

For the rest of the article, click here. 

Thank you to the Foundations that have Supported our Work this Year!

Jackson Community Foundation
 
United Way of Jackson County
 
James A. & Faith Knight Foundation
 
The Hurst Foundation
 
Consumers Energy Foundation
 
Weatherwax Foundation
 
Dawn Foods Foundation
 
Michigan Nonprofit Association
 
Bill and Vi Sigmund Foundation
 

NEW SESSIONS ADDED!!

To register - click here: Nonprofit Network's Spring Grant Writer's Conference & Funders Forum


 
2011 Road Rallye
April 29th
12-3pm
 
To Register, click here
 
Electing a Devil's Advocate
and Devil's Inquisitor

To push a board into thinking more creatively or to unblock tendencies of stagnation, the board may want to create an official position of a “devil’s advocate.” By choosing a single member, or rotating the job among board members, the devil’s advocate has the role of purposefully contradicting presented arguments.

As long as it is understood that this is the intended role of the board member during the meeting, the board can turn the idea into a productive game. The “devil’s advocate du jour” does not feel left out of the actual debate if he simply makes sure his point of view comes up during the discussion or as one of the counterpoints or questions.

To read the rest of the article: click here

How Does Your Board Measure Up?

Looking for a deep tool to evaluate your board?  Here is a great article and evluation tool to help measure your board.

How does your board measure up?

Remember - Nonprofit Network provides a board assessment which will not only identify areas of concern, but we will provide you with tangible methods to make adjustments and improvements to your board and board meetings. 

Treasurers of All-Volunteer Organizations: Eight Key Responsibilities

More than half of the nonprofits in the United States are estimated to be all-volunteer organizations. Here is a wonderful, succinct guide for the 600,000 + treasurers of such organizations:

My time as treasurer of a faith-based nonprofit was a labor of love.  Starting out as an all-volunteer organization with a $20,000 budget, we developed financial systems, workable budgets, and demonstrated accountability. We served families affected by incarceration and there's no greater personal reward than seeing people realize they have real hope for a better life. In just three years the budget grew to over $330,000.

However, there was stress as well. As a CPA I found myself the recipient of unnerving deference at times. I frequently fell short in communicating financial information to board and staff. But the outcomes made it all worthwhile.

For the rest of the article, click here. 

IRS Releases Inflation-Adjusted Rates for 2011

The IRS has announced new inflation-adjusted rates for 2011. This link takes you to an article that highlights the adjusted rates which are of particular interest to nonprofits. 

Charity Lawyer - IRS Adjusted Rates

  

 
 
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