It's the first "final" Friday of the month of the year, which means it's time for the first "potpourri" toolbox of 2016. I'm opening it with a good one for discussion!
From risk aversion to risk wisdom -- My friend, Jane Garthson, challenges us to turn our thinking about risk on its metaphorical head. The "tool" of this one is a framework for facilitating the kind of discussion that makes that shift possible. This is a conversation that all of our boards need to have, and to use as a foundation for taking a more productive approach to risk.
Different asking styles -- The most recent "Movie Monday" offers a nice extension of the conversation Emily Davis and I had earlier this week. Brian Saber of Asking Matters both discusses the general notion that there is no one, universal way to approach the ask in fundraising and shares insights about a process he helped develop to assess one's individual best-fit style for that work. In addition to the video, this post offers a link to the assessment tool on the organization's website. Consider having your board members take the assessment and compare notes. Who's a rainmaker? A go-getter? A mission controller? A kindred spirit? How can you use that information as a launchpad for helping each member find an authentic role in your fundraising process? (A note to readers finding this post in the distant future: Movie Monday resources tend to move or disappear over time. If the link no longer works, please leave a comment at the end of the post so that I can attempt to locate it in its new location or delete if it no longer exists online.)
Nonprofit bylaws: What to include and what to leave out -- This 2010 post by Ellis Carter isn't new, but it's a new addition to my bookmarks and an evergreen topic that should be of interest to any board. With the inevitable caveat that things change, I share Ellis's advice that boards may find useful.