During any staff or board training engagement, the facilitators from the Niles Partners emphasize rapport building. What does building rapport mean? Michael Brooks, author of Instant Rapport, defines rapport this way: “Being in rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s model of the world and let them know that we truly understand their model;” […]Read more
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When the specialists at The Niles Partners facilitates a strategic plan, we take time to discuss implementing the strategic plan. All too often we see a beautiful binder sitting in the executive’s bookcase covered with dust. When asked about it, they respond, “oh that, it’s our strategic plan.” The dust tells the story of the […]Read more
The Niles Partners believe board diversity is the primary consideration when assessing a prospective board member. The ability to give or get money is extremely important, however it is not the only qualification for board membership. If getting money is the only criterion by which new board members are brought on, the board may well […]Read more
The single most important responsibility a Board member has is to ensure the fiduciary viability of the organization they serve. Looking at the data The Niles Partners has collected over the years, the largest cause of friction on a Board is the annual personal gift we suggest each board member make to the agency. This […]Read more
If you serve on a board or committee for a nonprofit organization, there’s one topic that’s more likely to stymie you than others—and that’s the financials. Unless you have a CPA after your name, finance is typically the least understood aspect of nonprofit governance. And, yet, the fiduciary responsibility of boards is among its most important legal […]Read more
Off the top of your head, can you accurately recite the Mission Statement of your organization? Most of us probably can recall a part of it or “it is something like . . . . . .“ Sadly, for 99% of us, no one outside of our nonprofit knows what our mission statement is either, […]Read more