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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... Read more »

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Remember overtime pay? It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!

Remember overtime pay?  It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!
Remember overtime pay?  The Department of Labor is about to restore it–and yes, nonprofits will have to comply along with the rest of the business community.  Hooray!  And if any nonprofit Board member predicts the end of the world as we know it because of the requirement, ask him/her how much s/he is giving to... Read more »

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object. Don't.

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object.  Don't.
The Nonprofiteer is irate (so new?) about the response of some nonprofits to the Department of Labor’s proposal to adjust overtime regulations, so workers are entitled to overtime if they make $50K a year or less. (The current ceiling is less than $24K, below the Federal poverty level.) As reported by our indispensable colleague Rick... 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 »
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The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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