On Governance

We are experiencing an unprecedented moment, disrupted by COVID, hurt by the economic downturn, and excited by a renewed focus on racial justice and inclusion.  Organizations from all sectors are grappling with tough financial decisions, program realignment responding...

Planning for Uncertainty

How do social sector organizations plan for the future during a time of unprecedented uncertainty?  COVID-19 is impacting every corner of our society, underscoring economic, social, health, and education disparities.  What federal, state, and local interventions can...

Keep Calm and Zoom On

We are living through an unfathomable experience, almost impossible to comprehend, wrap-your-head-around, process, whatever words you choose. Articles are written, posts posted, podcasts cast, addressing nearly every detail of the pandemic.  I, for one, don’t...

When a visit to the museum brings it home

I recently had the opportunity to view a terrific art exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum: Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.  Jacob Lawrence was a great 20th c.  American painter, a social realist, and one of the few widely recognized African American artists...

The Board’s Financial Literacy

Boards of directors charged as stewards of an organization have to be fundamentally knowledgeable about and actively engaged in the business models of the organizations they govern. How many of your board members can read your organization’s financials? ...