It has been a period of virtual meetings on all possible platforms, remote calls with Boards and fundraisers, redesign of training courses to improve the “user experience” for participants, thoughts on fundraising, fundraisers, international policies. And also webinars watched at impossible times, rigorously deferred, so as not to neglect “food for the mind” and the…

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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…

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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…

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I want to start with a simple observation based on my experience over the years, which may not be immediately obvious: if a director doesn’t take much part in the life of the organisation, it is not necessarily due to indifference (or a lack of time or any other reason of this type).Usually, that’s the…

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Answers to the typical, very typical question “who are the members of the board of directors?” are many and varied. I don’t want to mention them all, but one of the answers you hear specifies the provenance of the directors rather than actually identifying them. We have often observed a sort of reticence in describing…

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