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Executive Director Transition? Consider an Interim

Executive Director Transition?  Consider an Interim
Is your Executive Director about to retire? Hardly any nonprofit is ready for that, no matter how many discussions you’ve had about succession planning. The impulse is to hire someone—anyone—right away, or to make the second-ranking person the boss. But here’s a better idea: hire an Interim Executive Director. She’ll keep the lights on while... Read more »

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office

A Coop of Nonprofits Shares Front Door and Back Office
This effort in Minnesota brings together a bunch of human-service agencies into a coop of nonprofits which will provide prospective clients with a single entry point–“front door”–to gain access to the services they need while also providing the coop members with shared human-resource, financial management and other back-office functions. Chicago [and other] nonprofits, take note!... Read more »

Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up

Museum Admission Fees Could Go Down Instead of Up
Last week the Chicago Tribune reported that the Museum of Science & Industry and the Chicago History Museum will raise their admission fees effective February 1, creating a confusing welter of numbers: teens will pay a nickel less at MSI but $3 more at the History Museum, but on alternate Tuesdays when the moon is... Read more »
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Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?

Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I have served on several nonprofit boards in the past few years and I have observed that the majority of these Boards are wasteful of public money. One such Board is a particular offender: the Board Chair (who was a bully throughout her reign) completed her term as Chair and as a member... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I serve on the board of a non-profit. I am growing increasingly uncomfortable with the practices of our board president and am not sure what to do. First, she’s a bully and people are afraid of her. When she encounters people who do not agree with her, they quickly become deemed “inappropriate” and... Read more »

Low pay at nonprofits: a worm's-eye view

The Nonprofiteer rarely publishes the work of anyone else, but if ever there was a case for an exception it’s this post about the low pay at nonprofits.  ProgChik drills down into the f***ed-up world of nonprofit compensation (or nonprofit noncompensation, as the case may be).  Many thanks to the author for permitting me to... Read more »
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Free consulting for nonprofits

Free consulting for nonprofits
The Executive Service Corps offers free consulting for nonprofits in return for a donation.  The Nonprofiteer passes along this information against her own financial interests! Chicago Rising is a fundraising campaign for Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC) to support local nonprofits and public agencies working to alleviate pressing social issues impacting the lives of millions... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?
Dear Nonprofiteer, I am on the board of an Arts Oriented 501(c)(3) that I believe is experiencing Founders Syndrome.  There are two members of the seven person Board of Directors who founded the organization in 2007 with term limits of three, two year terms yet they are still serving in the chair and co-chair positions... Read more »

One day's pay is not enough

One day's pay is not enough
If you give one day’s pay, does anybody really feel it? The Nonprofiteer has been contemplating this question ever since she received information about a new promotion to assist people in Ethiopia. She gets the point that a dollar purchases way more in Ethiopia than it does in the US, but she keeps wondering how... Read more »
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Dear Nonprofiteer, Is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating?

Today’s query: is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating? Dear Nonprofiteer, I’m on the board of a small, but national, non-profit.  We have been incorporated as a non-member, board-operated nonprofit and designated a 501 (c)(4). We originally created a mechanism by which our affiliated state organizations could participate in the election of board members. ... Read more »
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