Tips for new nonprofit board members

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When elected as a director you want to make a good impression, help the organization and boost your own career as well. That’s understood. Here are some tips published by the NJCPA for getting involved in community organizations: 1. Block out the year’s board meeting schedule on your calendar. Plan on attending them all. Carefully read the […]

Mistakes to avoid as a new nonprofit board member

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When elected as a director you want to make a good impression, help the organization and boost your own career as well. That’s understood. But some new directors take it too far and make strategic errors, according to tips published by the NJCPA. Most of these should be obvious but we spelled out nine pitfalls to avoid […]

‘Ignorance is bliss’ but stay away from public leadership

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“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” – Albert Einstein   One in three Americans admits that they did not read a book in the last year. Donald Trump is among them. He reportedly admits that he hasn’t read a book in 50 years. I suspect that his supporter […]

So you’ve been asked to be a board member

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So you’ve been asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization. What do you need to know? You want to learn enough about the organization to do a good job as a director. You should also understand that there is potential legal liability for serving as a board member. Since nonprofit organizations do not […]

Insulting Pennsylvanians: enough BS already

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I’m still astounded by Trump’s accusations over the weekend about voter fraud in the banana republic of Pennsylvania. Even if he is completely ignorant on the topic, his advisors must be aware that there isn’t a single case of documented voter fraud in recent PA history even after substantial (and expensive) investigation and litigation in […]

Leadership involves politics: politics involves dealing with diversity

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reposted from my editorial on BaySave’s blog: In the past few weeks many of our nation’s business leaders and scientific groups have come together to issue boldly worded political statements. On June 28 most of the world’s leading scientific groups issued a joint letter to Congress. This week 146 silicon valley business executives issued a joint […]

Scientists to Congress: Strongly Worded Letter About Climate Change

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A reprint of an important letter to Congress: June 28, 2016 Dear Members of Congress, We, as leaders of major scientific organizations, write to remind you of the consensus scientific view of climate change. Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research concludes that the greenhouse gases […]