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The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

The CEO’s relationship to the board is a delicate balancing act. The CEO reports to the board as an employee, but he or she also provides leadership to the board in its governance role. This requires strong board management skills and a relationship of mutual trust between the CEO and Board Chair, in particular. This article describes more about the centrality of the CEO/Board Chair relationship to the board’s ability to reach its full potential.

Doing Good in the 21st Century

We are delighted to share a new report and video series on the future of the social sector, developed in collaboration with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). With insights for nonprofits and foundations, this Voices from the Field collection explores trends in leadership, technology, business models, generational shift, diversity and power dynamics, cross-sector collaboration, and more. Our hope is to inspire open dialogue and bold action, and we invite your comments on our blog—tell us what you think!

Getting to Know the Team:
An Interview with Claudette Goldberg

Meet our Operations Manager Claudette Goldberg, community organizer and former wholesale bakery owner!


When Bigger Isn’t Better

Some nonprofits feel they need big boards of directors to represent constituents or make a seat at the table for donors. But do bigger boards really lead to better governance?

Benefits of Board Assessment

A simple assessment can be an efficient, effective way of helping boards explore what optimum performance looks like, why it is important, and how they can achieve it.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Annenberg Alchemy (Alchemy Labs)

David La Piana lead a concept-to-practice workshop on Real-Time Strategic Planning on October 25 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, equipping nonprofit leaders with the tools and processes to change strategy as change happens. Learn more about the Annenberg Alchemy leadership program.

When Agencies Run Amok

Heather Gowdy will facilitate a session on what happens when things go wrong at nonprofits, as part of the Leadership Institute being held November 7-8 in Newport, Rhode Island for members of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont state coalitions against domestic violence.

Shine the Light on Your Nonprofit

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs will speak about strategic planning in Greenville, North Carolina on November 20, 2013 as part of the Shine the Light on Your Nonprofit Series presented by DNA Creative Communications.

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