With few exceptions, Conflict of Interest Acknowledgment Statements signed by all Board Members annually are almost never in place with Nonprofits. Also with few exceptions, where this is the case, minor to major conflicts of interest with the way the Board and the organization operate always exist.
Believe it or not, Donor investing in Nonprofits from Grantees, foundations, corporate foundations and individuals will increase significantly in 2022. Those organizations with a clearly articulated Case for Support derived out of a detailed organizational plan will flourish. Those without will not.
Whether talking with individuals or organizational leaders, when I hear numerous reasons or excuses for current challenges, the one I hear most often is we're where we're at because of COVID. That train left the station a long time ago. Time to move on.
There are a lot of pundits and so-called subject matter experts predicting future trends that Nonprofits should consider participating in. Most of those aficionados are from the Academic Sector and are pushing Nonprofits towards a Socialist agenda. Be forewarned.
The most recent survey data suggests that 90% of Nonprofits nationally have no Fund Development Plan in place. It's my view that most of them are not familiar with such a plan and as such, would have no idea how to implement one if they had it. The sector can no longer rely solely upon annual events and traditional ways of raising money. They have neither the capacity or resources to continue doing so.
There is a shift in the Nonprofit sector with larger organizations to offer stipends for travel expenses to Board meetings. You can do it but I wouldn't recommend it. There is also the opportunity to have Church Pastor's as Board members. You can do it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Leaders of Nonprofits really need to take time to think things through more intentionally and with more accurate data and information. In an era of culture clashes and hidden agendas. The focus needs to be on the mission, not on being pressured into a narrative that doesn't align with the organization's mission.
If you think things are going to get more complex, non-relevant and non-compelling, you're right. It's why you need to swim upstream by looking at your organization holistically to eliminate things you're doing that have these characteristics.
Professionals who play the card game No Limit Hold Em for a living, know that the probability of whether they have a winning hand is less than 15-25% of the time. They know three things very well: (1) When to hold em, (2) when to fold em, and (3) when to walk away.