Don’t Just Sit There, Serve!

By Chris Gandy :Maybe it’s me, but have you noticed (or cared) how often people refer to their role on a not for profit board as “sitting”?  It’s as if simply turning up is all that is required. I sit of the board of Save the Purple Frog League. Sorry I am late, our board […]

Being a Board Chair Can Be Difficult

  How often have you heard a Board Chair announce to a meeting something like:  “Mary has decided to leave the Board, who do you know who can replace her”? Unfortunately, the “who do you know” recruitment process, which still seems to be alive and well in the not for profit sector, is hardly the recipe for a high […]

Any Not For Profit That Runs Like a Business Will Go Broke

Are you tired of being asked, “Why can’t you run your not for profit like a business?” I’ve written about how not for profits can use advice written for businesses (with just a little translation).  When it comes to not for profit finance, however, some business wisdom is just wrong. Clara Miller, the former director […]

If The Alarm Bells Are Ringing – Act!

By Chris Gandy Over the past few months I have had the sad duty to attend the funerals of two friends. Both were men, lived in the same community (though didn’t know each other as far as I know) and were around my age. Both events were highly upsetting but what added to the grief […]