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Building Community-Driven Organizations

June 2004

Welcome to the Help 4 NonProfits E-Newsletter! Whether June marks long days of summer or the short days of winter in your part of the world, this solstice is a great time to think about those who will lead your organization into the next cycle of seasons - your board.

Because it’s been a while since our last newsletter, we’ve added lots of goodies to make up for lost time!

1) Featured Article: Why Your Board Exists: A First Step Towards Board Accountability

2) The Board Quiz: How Effective Is Your Board?

3) Tip: The Program-Knowledgeable Board Member: A Micromanagement Quiz

4) Tip: Board Giving Policy

5) Tip: Ensuring Capacity vs. Saying No: A World of Difference

6) Board Special: GREAT price on our Board Recruitment Workbook for your whole board!

7) A Movie to Share!

8) Sharing this Newsletter

9) Sneak Preview: Next month - Starting and Sustaining Programs in Tough Economic Times

Please read and enjoy, and pass these new items along! We know it will help you improve the quality of life in your community. And isn’t that really why we all do the work we do?


Featured Article:

Why Your Board Exists: A First Step Towards Board Accountability

Everyone’s talking about board accountability. But what is your board accountable for? Who is the board accountable to? And how do you “do” accountability anyway? (Click to article)


Board Effectiveness Quiz

If you’re a board member, this quiz will help you find some of your board’s problem spots. If you’re an Executive Director, this will be a great way to jump-start that board development discussion you’ve wanted to initiate! (CLICK to quiz)

New Tip:

The Program-Knowledgeable Board Member: A Micromanagement Quiz

Are some board members more likely to micromanage than others? Find out (Click to tip)

New Tip:

Board Giving Policy

Should board members be required to donate cash to the organization, in addition to their time? (Click to tip)

New Tip:

Ensuring Capacity vs. Saying No: A World of Difference

If the board is accountable, does that mean saying “no”? Or does it mean figuring out how to say “yes”? (Click to tip)

Board Recruitment Workbook

Whole Board Discount $8.99

Last week it happened again. A client called, asking, “Could you send us 2 more copies of your Board Recruitment Workbook? I’ve lent out 2 copies so far, and I haven’t seen either of them in months!”

Since announcing our “Whole Board Special,” it’s been hard to keep our shipping room shelves stocked. That’s because the price is only $8.99 per book (regularly $17.95) if you buy a book for each of your board members, regardless of the size of your board! You just can’t beat the price for educating your whole board.


Super Size Me!

The phenomenon sweeping the nation these days is not the latest McSandwich but a movie about all that McFood. If you haven’t yet seen Super Size Me, go now. And then go back with your friends.


In the words of the movie’s website, “Why are Americans so fat? Find out in Super Size Me, a tongue in-cheek - and burger in hand -- look at the legal, financial and physical costs of America's hunger for fast food.”

If you love to root for the unlikely leading man, that’s just what you’ll do by the end of Super Size Me. See the movie and you’ll understand why McDonald’s eliminated its Super Size a few short months after the film’s debut at Sundance!

(To check out the trailer, CLICK)

Share this Newsletter With a Friend!

Every month we get hundreds of new subscribers, most of whom learn about our site from a friend or colleague. Here's just one of the comments we received this month, from Jack Parker of Houston:


“Do you live at our organization? That’s the only way you could know so much about what goes on with our board. Every article at your site hits the nail on the head. I couldn’t stop reading and can’t wait to see what comes next!”

As new board members join your board, don’t forget to sign them up to receive this newsletter. Board members so rarely receive information on how to do their job better, so please - pass this newsletter along to them!

Sneak Preview:

In our next edition, we’ll tackle one of the most murmured-about questions in today’s nonprofit world: They tell us the economy is turning around, but none of us seems to see evidence of that in our organizations or our communities! Watch for “Starting and Sustaining Programs in Tough Economic Times” in our next e-newsletter. (One more reason to sign up a friend!)

That’s it for this month. As always, we wish you all the possibilities life holds, because your community is counting on you.

Have a great longest or shortest day of the year!

Hildy and Dimitri

Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes


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