I often have to work with boards or organizations that are in perilous positions. In one case, the long-serving executive director left unexpectedly and the organization was on shaky ground financially. Add to this that with the departure of the ED, board members were only now admitting to the fact that she hadn’t really been “leaning in” for a number of years, having opted to focus on what she wanted to do, rather than all that needed to be done.
I had been invited to Read more
Long ago, at the start of my volunteer career in the nonprofit sector, a development expert told me that one of the most important ratios in her field was that of successful asks to number of asks made: how many asks did you have to make before receiving a positive response. This, she told me, was helpful not just for planning, but for morale.
I was reminded of this through a number of questions asked of me and observations made by a group of board members Read more