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Three Ways an Association Can Increase Its Momentum

By Dustin McKissen, February 14, 2017

In any association, good ideas are never in short supply.... Read more »

Want an Innovative Association? Start with Your Board Portal.

By Dustin McKissen, February 02, 2017

For most of my career I’ve worked for or around trade associations and professional societies. And during that time... Read more »

Your Organization’s New Year’s Resolution? Succession Planning.

By Dustin McKissen, January 16, 2017

The start of a new year is a time to make resolutions.... Read more »

Death and Taxes: What Nonprofits Need for their 990 Filing

By Dustin McKissen, December 29, 2016

It’s the end of the year, and for nonprofits that means tax time.... Read more »

What Is the One Resource That’s Almost as Valuable as Money? One Ohio School District Found Out.

By Dustin McKissen, December 19, 2016

Getting additional funding is a hard thing for any school district to accomplish... Read more »

The Opportunity Cost of Spending Your Board Meeting Approving Documents

By Dustin McKissen, November 21, 2016

If you took Economics 101, you’ll probably remember two things your professor taught you:... Read more »

It’s Almost 2017, and Here’s What Your Organization Needs to Do—and Not Do—in the Coming Year

By Dustin McKissen, November 08, 2016

2016 is almost over, and it’s not too soon to start thinking about what your organization needs to accomplish in 2017... Read more »

What Do Your Constituents Demand? Transparency.

By Dustin McKissen, October 21, 2016

In this day and age, not much remains hidden.... Read more »

Creating a Culture of Innovation, Starting with Your School Board

By Dustin McKissen, October 14, 2016

Innovation is important to businesses, who won’t remain competitive unless they evolve, adapt, and consistently work on creating new and better products and servic... Read more »

What’s Your School Board’s Next Strategic Challenge?

By Dustin McKissen, October 07, 2016

Everyone knows that school boards face big challenges.... Read more »

Want More Engaged School Board Members? Make it Easy on Them.

By Dustin McKissen, October 04, 2016

What is a typical day like for a typical school board member... Read more »

The iPhone and the “Board Meetings” In Between Board Meetings

By Dustin McKissen, September 22, 2016

There are two types of boards... Read more »

3 Ways to Build a Strong Board/Staff Relationship (One Way? Use Your iPhone.)

By Dustin McKissen, September 09, 2016

Serving on a board of directors is not easy. It’s a test of your leadership, patience, and resolve... Read more »

The 3 Things Your Board Needs to Conduct a Better SWOT Analysis

By Dustin McKissen, August 24, 2016

At some point in the next year or two, your board of directors will suggest... Read more »

Innovation and Efficiency with the Board Portal of Choice for Local Government

By Dustin McKissen, August 11, 2016

Huntingburg, Indiana, is exactly where you want to live. The small city of slightly more than 6,000... Read more »

The First Board Portal That Gives Your District a Collaborative SWOT Analysis Tool

By Dustin McKissen, July 27, 2016

Collaboration is essential to your school board to create the best possible learning community... Read more »

Make Sure the Sun Shines on Your School Board

By Dustin McKissen, July 21, 2016

In tennis, an unforced error is the worst type of error you can make... Read more »

What’s Said on the School Board Agenda Stays on the School Board Agenda…Right?

By Dustin McKissen, July 15, 2016

At some point every school board is faced with tough decisions, and those tough decisions can... Read more »

BoardPaq Takes Your Board from “Strategic Planning” to Strategy and Planning

By Dustin McKissen, July 11, 2016

Every organization has been through a similar 13-step process when it comes to strategic planning... Read more »

Bring Strategy & Planning to Every School Board Meeting

By Dustin McKissen, July 08, 2016

It’s hard to imagine a school board decision that doesn’t have strategic implications... Read more »

One Tip for Engaging Your School Board This Year

By Dustin McKissen, June 30, 2016

An engaged board is important... Read more »

How Using the Right Technology Can Help Make Your Board’s Life Easier

By Dustin McKissen, June 23, 2016

Nothing about serving on or working for a school board is easy—and that’s to be expected... Read more »

How Board Portals are Changing Community Banking

By Dustin McKissen, June 14, 2016

Community banks are the lifeblood of small business. According to the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Assessing Your Board of Directors

By Dustin McKissen, May 31, 2016

Assessing a board of directors is one of the most beneficial and most important leadership and governance tasks an organization can engage in.... Read more »

Nonprofits: Start Spending More on “Overhead”, Right Now

By Dustin McKissen, May 17, 2016

How much should a nonprofit spend on overhead? Conventional wisdom, years of literature, donor/member expectations, and the media have all... Read more »

How the Unanimous Board Vote Hurts Your Organization

By Dustin McKissen, May 03, 2016

Every nonprofit executive has been there. A well-liked, well-respected member of your board of directors proposes a program or initiative... Read more »

The 5 Essential Steps of Developing a Strategic Plan

By Dustin McKissen, April 19, 2016

Whether you are a credit union or community bank, a trade association or a rural electric co-operative, your organization needs a strategy... Read more »

2 Things Your Board Should (and Should Not) Be Focusing On Right Now

By Dustin McKissen, April 05, 2016

Whether your nonprofit is a credit union, community bank, trade association, or small charity, the reality is the members of your board of directors have a limited amount of time and energy to dedicate to... Read more »

What Should Your Board Do About a Conflict of Interest?

By Dustin McKissen, March 22, 2016

You have a board member who declares that he or she has a conflict of interest. What’s the first thing you should do?... Read more »

4 Things to Remember About Your Board’s Minutes

By Dustin McKissen, March 08, 2016

The minutes created from a meeting of your Board of Directors are like the timing belt in a car: often unnoticed and forgotten, unless something goes very, very wrong. And if something does go very wrong... Read more »

Five Things Every Credit Union Board Member Should Know

By Dustin McKissen, February 23, 2016

While the number of credit unions is declining, the size of credit unions—and the important role these institutions play in the economy—is increasing. Given that... Read more »

Board Portals and a Director’s Personal Liability

By Dustin McKissen, February 16, 2016

Most boards of directors believe that their personal liability is limited, so long as they do not willfully engage in any misconduct, and the organization has directors and officers (D&O) insurance.... Read more »

Can a Board Portal Keep You in Compliance and Out of Governance Jail?

By Dustin McKissen, February 09, 2016

One of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced as a consultant came due to a lack of record keeping on the part of a trade association. I started working with the organization toward the tail end of a long project. This project was complicated... Read more »

Board Portals & Foundations: What Funders Can do to Help Nonprofits Build Capacity

By Dustin McKissen, February 02, 2016

Challenges with capacity building, a lack of technology, and limited resources. Google the phrase “nonprofit challenges” and you’ll come across a wide variety of reports, articles, and presentations given over the years on these... Read more »

Board Portals, Strategic Planning, and High Performing Boards

By Dustin McKissen, January 26, 2016

One of the most discussed concepts in governance over the last few years has been the notion of a “high-performing board”. Nonprofits, trade associations, community banks, credit unions, and other organizations that are governed by boards of directors... Read more »

One Weird Reason Your Nonprofit Needs a Strategic Plan

By Dustin McKissen, January 19, 2016

You are the CEO or Executive Director of a nonprofit. You recently elected new board members, and have scheduled a meeting with an incoming director. This new director is excited to be a part of what you’re doing. She decided to join the board because... Read more »

What Your Board of Directors Should Be Doing

By Dustin McKissen, January 12, 2016

Six months after I started my career as a trade association executive I was sitting in a meeting of our board of directors when one board member brought up an idea that no one in the organization had thought of before. He asked, “Why don’t we... Read more »

Is Your Nonprofit Facing a Crisis? Check the Instant Replay.

By Dustin McKissen, January 05, 2016

I’ve worked with boards of directors for most of my career, and a couple of board interactions are particularly memorable. One occurred while managing a trade association... Read more »

3 Ways to Re-engage a Disengaged Board of Directors

By Dustin McKissen, December 22, 2015

A Board of Directors exists to do a few things, including provide accountability to an organization, bring outside leadership and experience, and help develop and implement a strategic plan. These are important functions... Read more »

How do you increase board engagement? Give directors something to do.

By Dustin McKissen, December 15, 2015

Anyone who has worked for a board of directors knows the signs of a disengaged board member. Their attendance starts to wane until he or she is practically a guaranteed no-show.... Read more »

The Soul Crushing Experience of Working with a Disengaged Board

By Dustin McKissen, December 08, 2015

My first experience working for a Board of Directors occurred when I joined a dynamic, vibrant, and growing trade association as Deputy CEO. This organization had talented staff, and a founder who really deserved the label “visionary”... Read more »

Fundraising: How to Help Your Directors get Better at Something they Hate

By Dustin McKissen, November 30, 2015

Passion for the cause. Giving back. Sharing expertise. Being recognized as a leader. People join boards for a variety of reasons, and of the reasons listed, fundraising is never mentioned. The simple reality is that most people... Read more »

Diary of a Paper Shuffler (Or, What I Didn’t Want to be When I Grew Up)

By Dustin McKissen, November 17, 2015

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be Robin (as in, a sidekick to Batman). Most people don’t dream of being a sidekick, but Batman grew up rich, and Robin grew up poor – like me. As a result I tempered my dreams with a little reality... Read more »

Three Ways Your Board Can Be Your Secret Fundraising Weapon

By Dustin McKissen, October 21, 2015

It's calendar year-end for nonprofits, and that means it's "do or die" time to raise the money needed to meet your yearly budget. It's a stressful time for Executive Directors, Development Directors, and all of the stakeholders who believe in your mission... Read more »

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