Posts

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

“Sensible Stewardship: Understanding and Managing the Top Risks Facing Nonprofits,” “Demystifying the Risk Oversight Role of Nonprofit Boards,” and “Risk Reflections: Funders’ Forum”

Resources

If Board Meetings Don’t Change You, You’re Doing It Wrong

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Last week I found myself engrossed in my first read of a new year: The Power of Giving Away Power. Author Matthew Barzun offers a compelling, fresh look at a concept I’ve come to understand as servant leadership: recognizing that being someone’s boss is a privilege that affords the opportunity to … Continued

Heads Up: Why Fortified Fiscal Oversight is Key to Financial Well Being

By Melanie Lockwood Herman During the past 15 years, I’ve been honored to serve as a volunteer board member for several organizations. My first board role was for a community-based organization in the small village where I live. I had long admired the nonprofit’s historic preservation and conservation mission, and when the invitation to consider … Continued

Heads Up: Why Fortified Fiscal Oversight is Key to Financial Well Being

By Melanie Lockwood Herman During the past 15 years, I’ve been honored to serve as a volunteer board member for several organizations. My first board role was for a community-based organization in the small village where I live. I had long admired the nonprofit’s historic preservation and conservation mission, and when the invitation to consider … Continued

Risk and Resilience: The Board’s Role

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This month we’ve been fielding a variety of questions about the board’s risk role. Across the board, members of nonprofit governing teams want to support the missions they admire. Board members want to help an organization: 1. weather COVID-19, 2. bolster resilience, and 3. prepare to survive and thrive during the … Continued

What Your Board Needs to Know About Cyber Threats

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Risk is top-of-mind for many nonprofit boards these days. Board members understandably want to grasp the top risks facing an organization and have confidence that the management team is prepared to weather the downside risks it cannot avoid. And based on our work with nonprofits across a wide spectrum of missions, … Continued

Events

August 17, 2022

Reno, NV

SkillsUSA

“Better Governance: How to Manage Risk and Build Resilience”

Bernheim Arboretum

“Board Meeting Facilitation”

May 19, 2022

Scottsdale, AZ

LeadingAge Arizona

“Risk Leadership: Inspiring Teams to Embrace and Manage Risk,” and “Inspired Governance: Unleashing Your Board’s Potential”

January 25, 2022

virtual

April 27, 2021

virtual

Maine Association of Nonprofits

“Sounding Board: What’s the board’s role in managing risk during “reopening”?”