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Why we decided to create a blog on Governance

We’d been thinking for a while about sharing our experiences, thoughts and ideas from our work over the last 7 years with the boards of directors of the non-profit organisations we have partnered and partner...

Governance and women leadership: interview with Helene Wolf, co-founder of FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders

I met Helene at IFC, where she lead an interesting session on women leadership … that I could not avoid to participate! Helene is one of those people with whom share a common ground of thoughts and projects about meaningful questions – sometimes it happens and generate lots of new ideas! I appreciated her approach…

“Perfect numbers are rare just like perfect men”

[The quote by Rene Descartes is to underline the trouble to find the alleged perfection (which I think does not belong to Earth … luckily, I would say), even regarding the professional dimension. However, talking about perfection – and this is the sense of the title of the blogpost – I have used the number…

Interview with Penelope Cagney, consultant and author

I firstly met Penelope, who lives in Arizona, a few years ago. After a few months of mutual “discovery”, we decide to become professional partners – better: our companies, ENGAGEDin and The Cagney Company, are partners –  on global projects. I asked Penelope to share some thoughts on “governance and fundraising” during one of the…

Short collection of memorable remarks – 1

This is not a typical post. In fact, technically speaking, it’s not a post at all. More than anything, it is a collection of remarks – “memorable” remarks– we have heard any number of times with regard to the poor/inadequate/erratic functioning of the board of directors of an organisation. I presented a selection of these…

Short collection of memorable remarks – 2

As we said from the start, we couldn’t stop after the first “collection”. Because certain remarks not only recur, they are symptoms: not of a disease exactly (or at least not of a disease in a GP’s handbook), but certainly of a state of mind, of an approach to being “a non-profit organisation” that is…

Should the board (really) be involved in fundraising?

The only right answer – just to eliminate any doubts – is: yes, the board (the directors) should put fundraising at the heart of their role in the governance of the organisation. Furthermore, again to get rid of any doubts and avoid misunderstandings: this applies when you’re on the board because you’re the nominee of…