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  1. Eugene Fram

    Larry: You may be interested in these articles and links, if you haven’t already seen them,

    Blog site Book:

    The nonprofit governance model in the book is based on: building trust between the board and management, eliminating redundant board committees; eliminating board micromanagement; focusing the board on policy & strategy and having a robust board evaluation focused on outcomes and impacts, not processes. It has been adopted or adopted by thousands of nonprofit boards.

    Many ways book can be used: Adopt or adapt the model; Reference source for board issues; Training tool board development; Motivational tool for director engagement; Reference to understand board governance & compliance obligations

  2. Dianne Thomas

    Larry, I like your perspective and certainly think that it can help nonprofit leaders and those who work with them better position the organization to assess where they are in the process of financing the organization. I do think, however, that this perspective may be most applicable to mature organizations with a well-established development program, seasoned professionals and savvy leadership.
    I train and advise grassroots and startup nonprofits and spend a considerable amount of time getting them oriented to the concept of resource development and fundraising’s role in it. Many of them are just learning about organizational management and the discipline of planning so for them it’s a crawl before you walk situation. But I certainly can see the value in moving them through the sustainability continuum towards an advancement pathway once they’ve created an environment that supports stable and competent leadership, skilled staff and a donor-centered development program.

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