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The Mission Impact Factor (MIF)

In strategic decision making for your organization, the question of return on investment typically arises. But, how many times do we ask ourselves, “what is the return on mission?” In a financial sense, a return on investment speaks to what we can expect if we invest dollars in a stock, a business venture, etc.

Relevance and Value – Getting the Board Focused On What Matters Most

How do we define relevance and value in our organizations and how do we keep our Boards focused on what matters most?

Strategic Planning Article Compilation – Spring 2019

Bob Harris, CAE The strategic plan is the board’s roadmap or GPS. Nearly every discussion and decision should be framed by the mission and goals. Click “View” to view or download the document. Strategic Planning Article Compilation – Spring 2019View Note: Bob Harris, CAE, provides free governance tips and templates at He can be…

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Chipotle

In a recent Washington Post article (February 2), the market for fast casual food has grown by 550% since 1999! Millennials, the age group of 18-34, are also making up the biggest demographic of the “fan” base of this model because they are finding themselves more strapped for time and money but want quality food with quality service.

How to Find Quality of Life as an Association Executive 5 Helpful Tips

If we can’t answer the question of “why” and just reason that it is the way it has always been done, we will never center ourselves as executives.

How Technology Has Made a Major Impact on the Nonprofit Membership Model

Nonprofit organizations are only as valuable as the value they provide to their members (customers), period. The rise of technology and the shift in generations has made it difficult to sustain a traditional nonprofit model.

Review, Refresh and Realign Your Committees For Success

Why is it that year-over-year the priorities of a nonprofit organization change and major planning takes place yet sometimes committees and their composition remain relatively unchanged? It would be the same as leaving the budget unchanged year-over-year regardless of the changes in the organization.

Innovative Agendas

Listening to reports is not the purpose of a board meeting or good governance. A board of directors is assembled to advance a mission or cause, serve constituents and to provide innovative solutions.

New Year, New President, New Goals

Volunteer leaders sometimes mistakenly believe that their goals for the year help to move the organization forward. The problem is, many organizations also have a three-to-five year strategic plan.

The First 100 Days of a Chief Elected Officer

Imagine being hired for the most important job in an organization with no training, no standard operating procedures and not knowing who your team is and how they support you.

Prescriptions for Association Health (2018-2019)

Bob Harris, CAE This is a prescription for elevating organizational performance. Most visits to a health care professional result in a prescription. It is the advice offered verbally (“take two aspirin and get some rest”) or written on a pad to be filled at the pharmacy. The intent is to improve one’s health. A similar…

staff member burnout

Managing Your Board’s Expectations and Your Staff’s Workload During Strategic Planning

Everyday there are many nonprofits in the world moving through the beginnings of a strategic plan. In every one of these sessions, nonprofit boards are creating the roadmap for their organizations, which is exciting.