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The Effective Board Chair

Publication date: 
12/2007

A Key to Good Governance for Today’s Foundations. Last year the board members of a nonprofit were surprised when they learned about their chief executive’s compensation the same way everybody else did: splashed across the front page of a major newspaper. A few years before that, a state regulator challenged the size, composition and selection process of a foundation’s board, saying it did not reflect the founding donor’s intent.

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The Effective Board Retreat

Publication date: 
12/2007

New Ideas & Proven Tips for a Successful Retreat Experience. A retreat is a rare opportunity for board members to get away from the formal, agenda-driven board room setting to reflect, share and strategize about the future. Boards can use retreats to engage in creative visioning or strategic thinking, tackle challenging long-range issues, and strengthen personal relationships—activities that are difficult if not impossible to accomplish in a standard board meeting.

Education for Ohio's Future

Publication date: 
12/2006

Education for Ohio's Future - 2006 Report

As the new century unfolds, Ohio stands at a crossroads. Over the past 20 years, our state and local leaders have worked to improve student, school and system performance. We have seen progress in some areas, but our education system falls far short of preparing all students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Using Your 990 to Communicate Effectively

Publication date: 
12/2006

990 forms are now the most commonly used data source about nonprofits, according to the Urban Institute, but they are a poor choice for this task. The forms were not designed for broad public consumption, but to help regulators ensure that organizations remain true to their charitable purposes. Still, when your foundation prepares its next 990-PF or 990, there are many steps you can take to enhance the form’s communications value.

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