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Executive Leadership

What are your goals for your organization? What are your professional goals? Where is your career headed? How can you take your skills and your organization to the next level? This page offers resources for executives to continue to build their skills, increase their knowledge, and help their organization become stronger.

MindEdge Learning Professional Development

The Center has partnered with MindEdge Learning, a leading provider of online higher education and professional development, to offer their full suite Management and Nonprofit Management certificates and courses. These on-demand, self-paced courses provide an alternative to the Center's existing opportunities and members of the Center can request a discount code for 10% off the normal price. Learn more
Posted on: October 10, 2018
Topics: Online Tools | Cost savings | Featured


Discounts on membership and board self-assessments Center members can save 15% on organizational membership or $200 on BoardSource's board self-assessment service. BoardSource members get complimentary access to BoardSource's collection of white papers, webinars, and more. They also get member discounts on their print or digital copies of their books, such as Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance and The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards. Learn more
Posted on: January 29, 2018
Topics: Featured

The Delegation Dilemma: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Learn to Let Go

Source: Bridgespan
To understand why nonprofit leaders often have a hard time delegating, says Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center, you need to understand the personality traits that got them where they are. Nonprofit leaders, he says, are often incredibly strong individual performers who rose to their positions by being highly talented, deeply committed to their work, and dedicated to very high standards. "They have a really high bar," he notes, "and that adds up to leaders who are often control freaks."
Posted on: November 21, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Executive | Leadership

NPO Leaders: Your Absence From Social Media Costs Your Organization

Source: Bloomerang
In a guest post for the Bloomerang blog, Natasha Golinsky of Next Level Nonprofits describes a fruitless search for a nonprofit executive's LinkedIn account, highlights why it's important for nonprofit leaders to have a personal online presence, and shares six tips for anyone not yet using social media.
Posted on: October 18, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership | Social Media

Capacity Building Readiness Checklist

Source: TCC Group
TCC Group developed a handy checklist to help nonprofits get the most form their capacity building efforts.
Posted on: July 26, 2013
Topics: Executive | Planning

What an Executive Coach Can Do for You

Source: Harvard Business School
In a 2004 survey of for-profit companies, 86% said they used coaching to sharpen the skills od individuals who have been identified as future organizational leaders. This article gives an overview of the use of executive coaching in the for-profit sector and discusses the unique benefits of coaching.

Read the article from Harvard Business School.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive

33 Principles for Good Governance Released

Source: Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.
After two years of work, the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, spearheaded by Independent Sector, has released "Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations", containing 33 principles for governance and transparency.

Nonprofits can obtain as many as 100 copies, at no charge, to share with board and staff.

Learn more and get your copies from the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Accountability (Ethics) | Executive

IRS Releases Paper on Good Governance

Source: IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its final paper on good nonprofit governance practices in six critical areas. The topic areas covered in the paper include the mission, organizational documents, governing body, governance management policies, financial statements and the form 990, and transparency and accountability. Nonprofits can use these recommendations as one resource for a governance checklist. Download a copy of the paper from the IRS.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive | IRS | Accountability (Ethics)

Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Great organizations have one thing in common: great managers. In this article from the Stanford Innovation Review great managers share four simple management principles that they use to guide organizations from mere mediocrity to stand-out stardom. Read the article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive | Best Practice

Want Your New Executive Director to Succeed?

Source: Blue Avocado
We've all heard about the coming leadership deficit. It is time to stop focusing on the departures and start focusing on ensuring the success of new executive directors. This article from Blue Avocado shares 12 easy and important ways for board members to help a new executive get started fast and on the right foot. Read the article from Blue Avocado.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board | Executive | Executive Transition

Help Desk

The Help Desk is designed to help provide the resources and direction you need to answer nonprofit management or governance questions. We will do our best to provide helpful resources and referrals within 2 or 3 business days, but please note that the Help Desk is not staffed full time. Members of NH Center for Nonprofits have unlimited access to Help Desk services. Organizations that are not members of the Center are limited to one question per year.
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Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Featured | Services

Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire—available as an online tool—allows nonprofit boards to assess their effectiveness in 12 aspects of governance, ranging from board-staff roles to external relations practices. This tool has been used by hundreds of boards and thousands of board members throughout the US and abroad since 2009. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools

Consultant Resource Bank

The Consultant Resource Bank lists consultants who have experience working with nonprofit organizations. In order to be listed in the Consultant Resource Bank, a consultant must submit two references from nonprofit organizations they have worked with successfully. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools | Services

Event Discounts

Members receive 40 - 50% discounts to events hosted by the Center. Events include:
  • Leadership Development Seminars
  • Board Governance Seminars
  • Skill Building Workshops
  • Annual Leadership Summit
  • Executive Peer Forums
  • Critical Issue Forums and Conferences
Visit our Events Page.
Posted on: February 14, 2013
Topics: Cost savings | Services

Best Practice Guide

​The Best Practice Guide provides a close look at practices organizations implement to build the capacity needed to achieve its mission.
Learn more
Posted on: April 24, 2007
Topics: Publications

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