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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 3/12/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, March 12, 2018

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the 2018 SC Nonprofit Summit last week — it was an incredible event that inspired us to continue to do good for another season. 

Speaking of doing good, we're proud to share that TWO organizations who are doing good in our community have also joined Together SC as Allies for Good this week! Join us as we welcome them to our family:

We're also excited to welcome back NINE incredible organizations for another year of networking, advocacy and nonprofit fun! Be sure to share some love for these guys on social:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 2/26/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, February 26, 2018

Another month is swiftly coming to a close — and with every ending there is always a new beginning. For us, that means welcoming a new batch of Allies for Good for the 2018 season! Join us as we welcome these THREE new members to our growing Together SC family:

We also have an incredible number of returning members this week — a total of 27 organizations are returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun. Be sure to give some love to these guys on social, too:

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Just For Board Chairs!

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Just for Board Chairs

If you are reading this because you were just elected board chair of a nonprofit, first: Congratulations for the recognition by your peers, and thanks for your service to the community. Next, you may be thinking, ‘Whoa, now what?’

 

Don’t worry, you’ve got this. If you love the mission of the nonprofit and are willing to put in the time to build a strong, trusting relationship with the executive director, as well as your colleagues on the board, you’ll be a rockstar board chair. But just in case you’d like to remind yourself about HOW to be that rockstar board chair, you may want to read Joan Garry’s post sharing a “Five-star board chair checklist.” Yes, you should familiarize yourself with the roles a board chair is expected to play, such as managing/facilitating meetings and overall good governance (here and here). But you’ll also benefit your organization and yourself by spending time thinking about why a board chair is even needed and how that relates to the importance of having a great relationship with the executive director.

 Consider how hard it is for an executive director to hold the full board accountable, when the executive director is simultaneously accountable to the board. It’s more natural for the board chair to hold the rest of the board’s feet to the flames. And in order for that to happen, the executive director has to be able to candidly, honestly, and fearlessly share concerns when it seems that the board is dragging its feet, distracted, or not engaged. Similarly, the board chair has to candidly, honestly, and fearlessly share the board’s concerns relating to the executive director or the organization’s performance. Unless there is a trusting relationship, those important conversations won’t happen productively.

In case it’s not altogether clear, the role of board chair is all about building positive, trusting relationships, because it also falls to the board chair to develop a trusting relationship with each other board member. You can do that by – among other things – making sure the board has time together outside the board room to get to know one another. (See Leading with Intent, “The role of social time,” page 26, and “Invest in a Board’s Culture,” page 51.) You will be respected as a leader when you show respect for your peers by making sure that all board members feel valued and have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas during meetings.

In sum, it’s the time and effort that board chairs, executive directors, and other board members commit to building relationships between meetings that create the foundation for strong, trusting, and honest relationships all around. These honest relationships are assets that your organization will be very grateful for whenever the board faces difficult decisions – and when everything’s humming along, too!

Practice Pointers

Should the board chair vote? There is no universally correct answer and no external requirements or limitations. That decision differs from one nonprofit to another since it’s reflective of the organization’s culture – although sometimes the answer is set forth in the nonprofit’s bylaws. In some nonprofits, the board chair only votes to break a tie, which reinforces that the board chair is a consensus-builder facilitating the meeting and decision-making process. At other nonprofits, the board chair – as a duly elected or appointed board member – participates fully in the decision-making process and votes on all motions (unless s/he abstains due to a conflict of interest, such as may happen if the vote is to approve the CEO’s compensation).  

Just finding time to meet with the executive director/board chair around and among your already busy calendar commitments can create unnecessary (but understandable) stress that can sabotage the relationship. Committing to a regular time to meet may take that stress off the table. Perhaps share with each other in advance the issues you want to explore together so that you can each do some preliminary thinking on your own. 

Crafting the board meeting agenda together is an activity that executive directors and board chairs find gets smoother with time. Consider checking in after meetings to evaluate what worked well and what could use a little improvement. Have you considered using a consent agenda? Interested in more meeting tips? Here are 10 tips for effective meetings.

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 2/19/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, February 19, 2018

As we wrap up another month and take another step closer to our 2018 SC Nonprofit Summit, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate our FOUR newest Allies for Good this week. Join us as we share some love for these organizations on social:

We also have a grand total of 18 returning members this week! Be sure to give some extra love to these amazing organizations, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 2/12/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, February 12, 2018

This week is Valentine's Day — and as we share this holiday with our favorite people, we've also decided to give some love to the two newest Allies for Good this week:

Additionally, we're excited to be spreading the love to our 15 returning members as well. Be sure to give some love to these amazing organizations on social:

 

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 2/5/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, February 5, 2018

We're in a new month already (where has the time gone?), which means we've got some new members to welcome into our Together SC family! Join us as we welcome TWO brand new Allies for Good this week by sharing some love for them on social:

It wouldn't be a true celebration if we didn't have a few returning Allies for Good, too. This week we've got 13 returning Allies for Good joining us for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun. Share some love for these awesome organizations on social today:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 1/29/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, January 29, 2018

As January comes to a close, we're amazed at how 2018 is off to an already incredible start. In addition to all of the new members we've welcomed over the past few weeks, we're proud to say that we have plenty more this week! 

Join us as we welcome FIVE new Allies for Good this week by sharing some love for these organizations on social:

We are also excited to share that we have a grand total of 30 returning Allies for Good this week! Be sure to share some love for these incredible organizations on social, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 1/22/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, January 22, 2018

We are thrilled to share that as another month flies by, we are welcoming EIGHT new Allies for Good into our Together SC family. It is always a pleasure to see new faces renew their focus on advocacy and the nonprofit community, and this week is no exception. Join us as we share some love for these new Allies for Good:

This week we also have the pleasure of giving a big, warm "welcome back" to our returning members. As these 19 Allies for Good return for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun, we feel confident that this year will be one of the best ones yet. Join us as we share some love for these organizations on social:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 1/15/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, January 15, 2018

We're another week closer to the SC Nonprofit Summit, and we're proud to say that so far in 2018, our network of Allies for Good continues to grow. In fact, we are welcoming THREE new Allies for Good into our fold this week! Join us as we share some love for these organizations:

We also have 17 returning Allies for Good this week, who we will hopefully see at the SC Nonprofit Summit in just a few short months! Be sure to share some love for these organizations, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 1/8/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, January 8, 2018

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year! After the bomb cyclone that rolled through town last week, we are all ready to get back to work helping our communities grow and thrive. 

With that in mind, we'd like to welcome two brand new Allies for Good this week! Join us as we share some love for these new members on social:

We also have the pleasure of welcoming back 16 Allies for Good who are returning for another year filled with advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun. Join us as we share some love for these organizations on social, too:

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