Friday, March 20, 2015

Governance toolbox: The Gene Takagi effect

A favorite Twitter acquaintance, nonprofit law expert Gene Takagi, provided the links and the inspiration for this week's resources. As I was reviewing my most recent resources saved for sharing with you, Gene's dominance on that list stood out.

If you do not already follow him on Twitter or subscribe to the excellent blog where he does a lot of his public writing, you must do so. Today.

Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance -- Hopefully, you've read (or at least heard about) Independent Sector's updated "Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice." If not, or if you're simply in need of a good primer for sharing with your board, Gene provides a great foundation in this post. You'll see a link to an overview from Independent Sector. 

7 reasons to review your bylaws now --  This post, published on LinkedIn, addresses one of the foundations of nonprofit board work: the document that defines the core responsibilities of governance. Reviewing our bylaws is not a particularly sexy topic, but it's one to which boards must attend. One, we need to know what's in there and understand how it drives the core processes of our governing. Two, it reminds us that processes change and sometimes no longer reflects the ways in which we can and should work. Gene offers a valuable guide - and inspiration - for reviewing this core governance document.

Why nonprofit governance is different than for-profit governance -- Another post shared on LinkedIn, this one provides two benefits. It explains key differences between nonprofit and corporate governance. It also offers a nice little encapsulation of what makes our work unique. Oh, and the reference to one of my favorite works by the marvelous Lucy Marcus (Grounding and Stargazing!) was a nice little embedded treat.

Nonprofit radio: Board calendars -- This post includes two items of note on a topic boards should be considering: a link to a post that Gene co-authored with Michele Berger and a web link to the iTunes version of a recent episode of Nonprofit Radio where Gene discussed it. Look for episode 228 and listen to Gene's conversation with host Tony.

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