Why Evaluate your Programs? By Dianne Macfarlane

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Many public funders and private donors are now requiring non-profit organizations to provide evidence that the programs they offer are benefitting their clients. This evidence goes beyond the traditional measures such as the number of clients served and client satisfaction data. When MAS clients ask for help in deciding how to develop a process for […]

Pros & Cons of Charitable Status by Graham Boyce, MAS VC

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“To be a charity or not?” is a dilemma that many organisations face. Unfortunately, they often do not think through the answer sufficiently. Many just apply for charitable status without understanding what might be involved and, particularly, what the downside might be. The reality is that being a charity means, among other issues: Much stricter […]

How well is your board performing?

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Looking at Board Self-Assessment A board’s responsibility is to continually improve its governance practices and effectiveness. Regular evaluation of the board is a governance best practice. Evaluations may focus on different points like: The performance of individual directors, The overall board, The board chair, The board committees The orientation and training among other aspects of […]

How is your board

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How’s the Relationship between the Board and the CEO/ED? The relationship between a non-profit organization’s Board of Directors and its CEO/ED is one of the key elements of effective governance. That relationship, however, is often the source of tension for both parties. Indeed, at times the relationship can become quite fraught and dysfunctional, which reduces […]

The Rogue, the Self-Interested and the Wise Elder – Governance tips

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As a MAS consultant I assist Directors with understanding their Roles and Responsibilities in governing their respective organizations.  There has to be a solid governance infrastructure in place for the organization to meet its public obligations for accountability and transparency. So the governance infrastructure is in place.  What now?  Just like we have a network […]

Staying on course with a board calendar

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If you are a director on a non-profit board, you probably deal with issues that come hurtling at you all the time. Some are urgent and need immediate attention. You put your heads together, assign someone to investigate a problem, and make a decision to take action. But there are bigger roles to play on […]

What does your ideal board look like?

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When you think about your organization, what you want to achieve and what you need to do to achieve it, do you think about the kind of board you need? Many boards give this too little thought. Membership on some of these boards is the result of friendships, who could be talked into serving or […]

How easy is it to sit on the board of a not for profit organization?

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“A good cause, a team of passionate volunteers, working hard to fulfill a demand without expecting financial compensations, and helping others when they need it most” is the main building block for an effective not-for-profit organization. Or is it? An effective not-for-profit organization needs more than that. It needs discipline and accountability. It needs dynamics […]