Class of 2019
Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2019 graduating from the Minority Executive Leadership program. Pariss Coleman of The Andersons presided over certificate presentations.
Every community has seen the sad headlines of a theft or some sort of fraudulent activity at a charitable organization. It is particularly heartbreaking if it is a charity that you are closely involved with because there are generally never enough resources available to address all of the needs served by charity. And the feelings can be even worse if you are on the board of directors. The feeling of betrayal and even guilt can be overwhelming. The fiscal and reputational damage in these situations can be overwhelming. Far too often, boards of directors are asleep at the wheel and not living up to their legal obligations to ensure the safe and effective use of its assets.
So many boards are caught up with the busy and important work of providing essential programs that they don’t take time out to evaluate how they are doing living up to the needs of the organization and whether their important legal obligations are being met. Sieck said.
The good news is that the vast majority of people involved in the charitable community are passionately committed to the causes served by their organizations and want to do a responsible job. And with just a few tweaks, charitable boards of directors can take positive steps forward that will protect the good work of their organizations so that its clients can rely on its services into the future.
“We often talk about how we should receive a medical checkup every year from our doctor. Charitable board leaders also need to do an annual review about how well they are living up to their important responsibilities and protecting the charity so it can offer valuable services into the future,” Sieck said. “So many of the cases we deal with in the Attorney General’s office could have been avoided if board members were tuned in to their important obligations.”
The fiduciary obligations of charitable board members apply to leaders of large or small organizations. William Sieck of the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section will be discussing some adjustments that boards of directors can consider. The training will provide concrete suggestions and tips for board members to consider when evaluating board governance practices and financial controls. Most are simple and common sense.
Register now for Bill's workshop on October 8, 2019, Bootcamp for Nonprofit Leaders.
Back when I started working in nonprofits, I was told that there is always a leap of faith necessary, no matter how perfectly designed the program.
The design of the program could be as simple as this:
1) I teach a class in how to write grant proposals.
2) You attend that class and pay attention.
3) Therefore, you will learn how to write grant proposals.
4) Therefore, you will get grants.
It seems straightforward. But when you begin to look hard at it—say, if you are a funder, and are wondering if it’s a good investment—you see that there are ways to pick holes in it:
Yipes! But let’s assume we can eliminate these two issues. I can prove to an objective party (say a funder) that I know what I’m teaching. And maybe I can test you before and after you take the class to see what you’ve learned, and you seem to do better on that test after the class.
But what about #4 above? Can I ever guarantee this? It seems to follow that if you write grant proposals the right way, then you will get grants. But there are many other factors that enter into that. How do I know that I will have that impact on you? Logic models and understanding the crucial differences between outputs, short-term outcomes, and impact are the place to start.
We’d love to have your insight and ideas in the room! Register now for David's workshop on October 2, 2019, Outcome Mesurement.
Dave Holmes is the Cleveland Lead at Foundation Center Midwest, coordinating the training, reference, and research services for the Midwest region. He returned to the Foundation Center in 2015 from a position as Senior Consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for a variety of large and small nonprofit clients.
Ensuring nonprofits in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan have the information and resources to operate in an efficient and effective manner.
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