What should you do when the executive director assigns you a vague task with no clear purpose? Unsurprisingly, Stacey and Andy get philosophical on this one: is it busywork, or could it be a career-defining moment? Also this week, we find out if it’s useful to chase after board members from a particular industry. Thanks for joining us again in 2024, and please keep sending those questions (and reviews are nice, too)!
When applying for an Executive Director position, what questions should you ask the board during the interview? Stacey and Andy have some thoughts! Also this week, we have some opinions on on software for boards to use, and Stacy has a great conversation about the upcoming Alliance For Nevada Nonprofits Fall Conference with John Waldron (previous guest expert and CEO of The LGBTQIA+ Center in Las Vegas).
The staff *hates* the ED but the Board *loves* the ED. Is this problem solvable? Stacey and Andy have some thoughts. Also this week, what’s the best way to get your board engaged in important tasks like fundraising and strategic planning? Join us for another episode of Nonprofit Everything, and be sure to send us your questions!
Is it possible to get volunteers to pay you for the privilege of volunteering? Stacey has some opinions! Also this week, we tackle a really ugly scenario where the board and staff don’t trust each other, and Andy gets to completely geek out on negotiating indirect cost rates on federal grant agreements. If that’s not your cup of tea, it was a really windy day when we were recording this, so if the questions aren’t interesting at least you can enjoy the manic windchimes in the background.
Can a board force an ED to accept a raise? And is a 3-month interim budget problematic for funders? We have opinions! Also, this week we answer a great nonprofit 101 question about whether staff members can be on the board.
- Can a board force an ED to accept a raise? – 0:00
- If we do a 3-month interim budget, how will funders react? – 7:52
- Nonprofit 101: Can staff members be on the board? – 20:11
Today’s episode is sponsored by the HR Collaborative. The HR Collaborative was formed to help build nonprofit strengths through improved human resources. It provides professional development opportunities, networking and sharing of best practices on HR issues faced by nonprofit organizations. The Collaborative meets bi-monthly. Membership is free and open to anyone who works for a nonprofit and has HR responsibilities. For more information or to attend an upcoming meeting, visit their website at www.hrcollaborativelv.org.
In this episode, we find out how to determine the appropriate size of a board of directors, why “advisory board” makes both Andy and Stacey grumpy, and how to create a cohesive marketing/fundraising team. And Stacey gives some really good advice about why you shouldn’t change your nonprofit’s name to include the word “foundation.” We also give a young nonprofit executive some career advice and salary negotiation tips!