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We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and individual clients, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

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Staffing an advisory council should not be taken lightly!

We knew an executive director of a nonprofit who did a time study (tracking her time by 10 minute intervals) that showed that she was spending more than 40% of her time on the business of the board—supporting them, preparing for meetings, engaging in board communications, attending meetings of board committees, and so on. While …
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Don’t wait to engage new board members

People don’t join boards to sit back and watch. They want to make a difference, and they want to do meaningful work. Engage them in meaningful work from the beginning and don’t make the mistake of thinking, “Let’s give him/her time to get up-to-speed.” Consider the following: We feel strongly that you should be ready …
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Building Diversity on Your Board or Advisory Council

Many organizations talk a good game when it comes to diversity, but talking about diversity and achieving it are two different things. Too often diversity is that item on the “to do” list that the board talks about but never seems to be able to achieve. Or, perhaps more damaging, diversity is really nothing more …
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Establishing an Effective Advisory Council

We were recently asked to make a brief presentation on how community organizations might begin to think about establishing effective advisory councils. What follows is the text of a one-page handout that we shared with them. Ingredients for a Successful Advisory Committee Appreciate that boards and advisory committees (or advisory boards) are not the same …
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