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Member Spotlight: NAMI Yakima – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on a Nonprofit Board

January 16, 2018 Julia Hunter

Why work for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion on a nonprofit board? What are the benefits? NAMI Yakima can answer that. With their transformed board, community relationship improved, leadership stabilized, and programming became more strategic. Mary Stephenson, President of NAMI Yakima’s board, tells the story. After a losing their paid staff and experiencing a time of relative instability, NAMI Yakima decided to firmly define themselves as mission focused. Mary, new to the board herself, attended Washington Nonprofits’ legal, finance, and board leadership webinars to get the organization to a healthy place. With help from regular volunteers, NAMI Yakima stabilized their […]

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Member Spotlight: Homes First Talks about Board Development

November 14, 2017 Julia Hunter

“Community members, through nonprofits, do what needs to be done to make their community a better place.” Trudy Soucoup joined Homes First as the Executive Director six years ago, and she quickly turned her attention to board development. Homes First owns their property and have paid professional staff, so they do not rely on their board as day-to-day volunteers. She went to work to move their board be more visionary and less hands-on. Board Success Story As a first step in board transformation, Trudy started onboarding new board members who would be a good fit with the direction the organization […]

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Planning for Action Will Help Your Board Members Forget to Be Forgetful

August 14, 2017 Nancy Bacon

You will remember about 58 percent of this after 20 minutes, 33 percent after a day. That’s according to one study, with other studies showing varying levels of forgetting after you learn new information. The “forgetting curve” plots memory against time with a deep concave decline as soon as information is shared. You will forget most of what you read here in little time at all. I think about forgetting as I deliver the “Boards in Gear” trainings across Washington State. Typically, 50 to 80 board leaders attend these trainings to learn the secret sauce to having an awesome board. […]