Starting a Nonprofit: 10 Considerations in Electing the Initial Board

  The board is ultimately in control of the nonprofit corporation and responsible for its actions. So, you want to be careful in determining the composition of your charitable nonprofit's initial board. Here are 10 considerations: The prospective board members should be aware and and prepared to accept the fiduciary (legal) duties and responsibilities of […]

Governing Boards – Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp 2011

At this year’s Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, Vance Yoshida, Senior Manager at La Piana Consulting, and Lynn Luckow, CEO of Craigslist Foundation, presented an informative session on "Governing Boards: From Good to Great." Vance and Lynn provided useful tips on a common and difficult issue for many nonprofits: how to create and maintain a strong […]

Leadership Through Board Service – YNPNsfba

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at an event for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (YNPNsfba) on “Leadership Through Board Service” with Bruce Marcus, San Francisco State University Instructor of Volunteer and Board Management, Ann Lehman, Planning and Policy Specialist and Partner at Zimmerman Lehman, […]

The 100-Member Board of Directors – Part Two

Part One of this post on "The 100-Member Board of Directors" reviewed the legal duties of directors and recommended that an appropriate board size should take into account the number of directors actively participating in the governance of the organization.  Here is a list of the pros and cons of very large boards. Pros: May […]