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How Small Charities and Foundations Can Benefit from a Board Portal

By Dustin McKissen, December 08, 2018

Charities and foundations with less than $1M in gross receipts need to use their resources to focus more on programming and their mission...

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BoardPaq Named to the Inc. 5000 for the Second Year in a Row

By Dustin McKissen, August 14, 2018

BoardPaq is proud to announce its inclusion on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Developing and Implementing a Strategic Plan

By Dustin McKissen, July 08, 2018

Your organization has a strategy, whether your board of directors knows it or not...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Fundraising & Your Board of Directors

By Dustin McKissen, May 07, 2018

Fundraising is essential to the success of nearly every 501(c)3...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Governance

By Dustin McKissen, April 12, 2018

Effective governance is the core responsibility of any board of directors...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Term Limits

By Dustin McKissen, March 02, 2018

For your organization to thrive, your board of directors needs a consistent infusion of fresh ideas and new perspectives...

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Term Limits within your Board of Directors

By BoardPaq, February 24, 2018

Have you ever served on a board of directors that never seemed to change?...

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Board Portal Best Practices: How to Avoid a Conflict of Interest

By Dustin McKissen, January 19, 2018

A conflict of interest can devastate your board of directors and your entire organization...

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Handling Conflicts of Interest

By BoardPaq, January 12, 2018

Conflicts of Interest - Summary Q&A...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Three Ways to Improve Your Minutes

By Dustin McKissen, December 13, 2017

The minutes from your board meetings are an important record of the decisions your directors make. Meeting minutes are also a great resource ...

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Board Portal Best Practices: Increasing Engagement on Your Board of Directors

By Dustin McKissen, November 05, 2017

An engaged board is an effective board, and an effective board is a requirement if your organization is going to meet the goals it set forth in your strategic plan...

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7 Strategies to Create an Engaged Board

By BoardPaq, October 23, 2017

Advice on keeping board members engaged whether they have just joined or have been involved for a long time...

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What Helps Nonprofits, School Boards, and Community Banks Have a Big Footprint?

By Dustin McKissen, September 25, 2017

Many small nonprofits and mission-driven organizations are still using technology that limits their ability to maximize their impact...

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Why Do You Need a Board Portal? Because Your Board Will Change, but Your Mission Won’t.

By Dustin McKissen, September 22, 2017

Five years from now, there’s a good chance that your entire board of directors will be different than it is today...

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BoardPaq is Proud to Announce its Inclusion on the Inc. 5000

By BoardPaq, August 24, 2017

BoardPaq, the board portal of choice for more than 1,000 organizations, is proud to announce its inclusion on the prestigious Inc. 5000, coming in at #1131 on the publication’s list...

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There is No “I” in Team: Why a Board of Directors Still Matters

By Dustin McKissen, August 09, 2017

The lone hero saving the day makes a pretty good story....

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Why a Diverse Board of Directors is a Better Board of Directors

By Dustin McKissen, June 12, 2017

Imagine the scenario: A board of directors talks about attracting new customers...

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I Must be Crazy. I Actually Enjoy Working With a Board of Directors.

By Dustin McKissen, May 19, 2017

Without a doubt, working with a board of directors comes with challenges...

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How a Board Portal Can Help You Be More Efficient With Your Directors Time

By Dustin McKissen, April 20, 2017

The first board of directors I ever worked for faced—and overcame—one of the biggest challenges ...

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The Number One Thing Regulators Wish All Nonprofits Would Do Better

By Dustin McKissen, March 16, 2017

In a recent article for The Nonprofit Times, attorneys Tracy L. Boak and Karen I. Wu shared the five things regulators (including the IRS and state officials) believe nonprofits need to improve...

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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...

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Succession Planning Made Easier with a Board Portal

By Dustin McKissen, January 16, 2017

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

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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...

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How a Board Portal Makes Your Organization More Efficient

By Dustin McKissen, November 21, 2016

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

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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...

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

By Dustin McKissen, September 22, 2016

There are two types of boards...

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

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...

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Overhead Spending for Nonprofit Boards

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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...

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How a Board Portal Can Help Your Board Focus More on Strategy

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 had thought of before...

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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...

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Start Re-engaging Your Board by Using Better Technology (Including a Board Portal)

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...

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How a Board Portal Can Help Create a More Engaged Board

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...

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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...

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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...

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How Staff Can Use a Board Portal to be More Strategic With Their Time

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...

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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...

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