Posts Tagged ‘nonprofits’

Where We’re Donating For #GivingTuesday This Year

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#GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that the Full Court Press team is thrilled to get behind. After its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday became the type of trend we love to see around the holiday season— one which encourages altruism and reflection. An antidote-like balance to the consumerism often surrounding the holidays, groups have coalesced around causes they care about, creating new movements such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. The day serves to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving and reorient the focus of the holidays to practicing generosity.

In the past, FCP has provided communications tips for organizations looking to take advantage of the trend by creating a deluge of support. This year, to mark the occasion, the FCP team is sharing some of the organizations we’re looking forward to donating to this holiday season.  

Supporting the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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The scope and scale of Hurricane Harvey is unlike anything America has ever seen. Many may feel helpless in the face of such widespread destruction, upheaval, and suffering. Our hearts are aching at FCP for people several states away, and we began looking for ways to help.


Andrew Burton / The New York Times


National disaster relief organizations may be the first that come to mind, and often do great work, but it is important to be an informed donor. This includes considering hyperlocal relief efforts, looking beyond traditional charities, and directing resources to marginalized communities that may get overlooked by other efforts. We gathered some of the best resources we’ve seen to respond to Harvey— nonprofit relief, easy ways to give, and organizations doing much-needed work.


  • Round Up: Easiest way to give back to those in need? The modern-technology equivalence of giving your spare change. You can now round up your Lyft fare and donate the difference to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief.


  • Support Local Government: The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and is accepting tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.


Governance and Communications Webinar

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On Leap Day, February 29, 2016, Olive Grove and FCP co-presented a dynamic 30-minute free webinar focusing on best communications practices for a productive relationship between an executive team and its board of directors. In case you missed it, here is the link to watch the webinar.

You can also read the 4 blogs below, and follow the hashtag #GovernanceComms on Twitter and Facebook!
 Three-Steps-to-Improve-Nonprofit-Board-Performance how-board-members-can-influence-and-grow-their-nonprofit-executive The-Three-Essential-Roles-of-Board-Members

A huge thank you to the team at Olive Grove and to everyone who participated in the webinar!

Three Steps to Improve Nonprofit Board Performance

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By: Anthony Tansimore 

Nonprofit executives sometimes find that their boards either underperform or not at all.  Some hope the magic bullet will be new board members who bring energy and a new commitment to the organization and are more engaged.  The dynamic of a low-functioning board rarely shifts with the addition of new people.  What results when nothing shifts is that the executive and board spiral into dysfunction.  The executive ignores the board or hides important matters from them, and the board becomes suspicious that the executive is doing something underhanded and they want to micromanage.  This hostility can last for a long time and both parties live with it, or the executive leaves on her own or at the urging of the board.  Board members fail to be effective stewards of the organizations they serve when executives take their power away.

The executive must determine how to get the best from her board rather than relegating them to the closet, which will hold the organization back.  The board can be a powerful partner with the executive in achieving the organization’s mission.  There are a few very simple steps an executive can take to ensure a productive relationship with her board and their effectiveness on behalf of the mission.

Be Clear About the Board’s Role and Expectations 

The simplest and most important thing an executive can do is to communicate expectations to the board.  Not once or twice, but all the time.  Having a clear job description for board members certainly creates greater understanding of the expectations, but ongoing communications about what the executive needs from her board gives them greater context for how they can serve the organization. 

How Board Members Can Influence and Grow Their Nonprofit Executive

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shutterstock_70144576 SMALLBy: Dan Cohen

“I’m from your Board of Directors and I’m here to help…”  These words illustrate the worst-case scenario of a board and chief executive that are misaligned.  The board of any nonprofit or foundation has three main jobs, crucial among them hiring, nurturing, and if needed, firing the chief executive.

However, on a day-to-day basis, supporting the chief executive in her role is crucial to the near-term success and long-term stability. Helping your top executive succeed is all-to-often left off the formal agenda.

So, what can a board do to help support/manage its chief executive?  We have identified three main strategies – serving as a thought partner, being a network builder, and acting as a candid source of feedback for the executive’s professional development.

Be a Thought Partner

Where it works well, CEOs tend to rely on the boards to think about and noodle on big strategic questions.  I’ve seen CEOs who will call up board members and float ideas, help make a pivot, leverage their expertise, etc.  But the opportunities are much broader.  One opportunity is to “grow” the executive.  The board can create learning experiences, share personal anecdotes, and provide professional development opportunities both formal and informal.  Beyond that, the board members can serve in a mentoring function.  This may be crucial to a new chief executive and/or executives at key inflection points in their lives.