Creating Talking Points for Nonprofits

A big part of an organization’s communication with the world at large is the ability to have clear, concise messaging. As a nonprofit, that messaging is your verbal advertisement, information source and selling point. It is important that everyone – from board members to staff – be able to speak with one voice and keep…

Internal Communications Plans

Introduction Communications plans help to guide conversation and larger communication throughout an organization for efficient and effective decision making and messaging. As an organization transitions to a formal communications plan, it is important to remember to have patience and understanding, recognizing that questions and comments may not be immediately validated or responded to. A communications…

Board Meetings: Discussion & Timing

We are wrapping up our section on board meetings today by focusing on the discussions you have and the time you take at a board meeting. First, one quick question: Do you already use board packets? If so, great! If not, you may want to refer to our article on Agendas & Board Packets. The…

Board Meeting Agendas & Board Packets

All board meetings need to have some kind of formal order provided through a board agenda. Often, these agendas become a basic template used year in and year out without much thought or notice. To have a truly effective handle on your organization and board meetings as a whole, more thought and care should be…

Board Meetings: Introduction

Today we launch into a new section in our Board Basics Training course. We are going to shift focus from documents and policies to what you need for the best possible board meetings. Board meetings are the most vital (and often time consuming) aspect of what it means to be a board member on an…