Category: Boards

Board Member Paying Staff Person Extra

Dear Kim,   I chair the board of a small religious organization.  Each employee has to raise a certain amount toward their salary and this amount is set by the board, as are the salaries. Recently it came to my attention that one employee is receiving additional support from a board member who provides a […]

Whoops! None of Our Year-end Donors Were Thanked

Dear Kim,

I am the chair of the board of an organization with a big problem. We had a great year-end appeal and a lot of people gave money. As we are getting ready to put together our spring appeal, I have learned that none of them were thanked.

The Importance of Having Honest Conversations

Dear Kim, I am the sole staff for a small literacy program in a suburb of Chicago.  We have a wonderful board except for one member who is new and is proving to be quite difficult.  We invited her on at the suggestion of our biggest donor. She is very critical, bossy, and constantly saying, […]

Boards: A Historic Relic?

This issue of “Dear Kim” is focused on a topic that many of the questions directed to us are some variation on: can a board of directors really be effective?  GIFT and I hear varieties of this question so often that we decided to make it the topic of the debate at this year’s Money for […]