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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...

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…

Interview with Luigino Vallet, President of Fondazione di Comunità della Valle d’Aosta

Community Foundations are recently created philanthropic intermediaries, which, conceptually speaking, are one of the most interesting new developments in local community-based philanthropy of the last few years. Their experiences are interesting and it is helpful to look at the approach to governance of people active in a Community Foundation. Founded in 2008, its activities cover…

Recruiting directors (yes, it’s advisable) – 2

The question is: how do you create a board of directors that is present, active and engaged? Picking up from the first part of the post, here are a few pointers that experience has shown to be useful. First, you have to build up a job profile. In other words, you need a description of…

1, 10, countless ways to rekindle the love between Governance and fundraising

A board of directors that “works” is the main key to development – for fundraising, and for organisations in general. We’ve said it before, and we say it again here. Working on development with Boards of Directors is a fascinating exercise, which shines a light on the dichotomy that often exists between theory and practice,…