Board Member’s Guide to Supporting an Organization’s Full Cost Needs

Written by: Trella R. Walker, JD
Associate Director for Advisory Services
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF)
AABLI alumna, Class #9

It is no secret that nonprofit organizations have expenses that go beyond those associated with programming. We often label those expenses as overhead or indirect costs. Just as necessary to nonprofits as direct programming costs, these expenses include executive salaries, administrative supplies, facility costs, technology and other items. Such costs, however, are difficult to fund.

Board Service

Latonya Slack
AABLI Head Faculty
Leadership Coach & Strategist
Slack Global Consulting

Q: I’ve decided to leave the board on which I currently serve. What should I do or how should I approach my resignation?

Seasons of Change: Transitioning Roles in Board Work

By Dr. Thyonne Gordon
CEO, Beyond Story

In January, we speed into the New Year tackling head on a long list of resolutions that are almost impossible to keep. Just about this time of the year—February to March—we realize we may have overextended ourselves on the resolution front. Sometimes this gets us down. We feel defeated. But hear this: It’s okay to admit we might have put in too large an order to handle in our normal lives.

Make Your Facebook Page Pop: First, Make a Plan

By Monique Stennis, MBA
Social Media Manager
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Do you wonder why your personal Facebook page attracts more participation than your business page? It’s less a matter of popularity or influence than the communication strategies that support the goals of your organization.

Your Life. Your Legacy. A Conversation with Virgil Roberts

By Diane Manuel, Ph.D.
Financial Advisor
Urban Wealth Management
AABLI alumna, Class #7

Virgil Roberts is managing partner of the law firm Bobbitt & Roberts, which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients. Throughout his professional career, Roberts has been actively involved with the community and legal profession. He serves on many governing boards, including those of the James Irvine Foundation, the Claremont Graduate School and the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI).

Get Social! LinkedIn: Part Two

By Monique Stennis, MBA
Social Media Manager
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Does it surprise you that roughly half of more than 400 million LinkedIn member profiles are incomplete, blank or look like abbreviated résumés? I’ve scanned hundreds of them, so no surprises are there for me. But I am perplexed, given that five out of six recruiters review LinkedIn profiles to determine if they should contact a candidate. It’s a safe bet that a number of other professionals do the same.

Real Talk Leadership: Head & Heart Moves That Allow Us to Spring Into Action

By Dr. Thyonne Gordon
CEO, Beyond Story

In January, we speed into the New Year tackling head on a long list of resolutions that are almost impossible to keep. Just about this time of the year—February to March—we realize we may have overextended ourselves on the resolution front. Sometimes this gets us down. We feel defeated. But hear this: It’s okay to admit we might have put in too large an order to handle in our normal lives.

Tipping Nonprofit Sacred Cows: Basic Misconceptions About Nonprofits

By Paul C. Hudson
Managing Director, Hudson & Holland Advisors, LLC
AABLI Board Member and Faculty Member

Some basic misconceptions about nonprofit organizations have taken root in our society. It may surprise you that, as nonprofit executives, trustees, consultants, foundation executives and government administrators, we are among those who have perpetuated them. These misconceptions—think of them as Sacred Cows—have developed as a result of our charitable culture, tax regulations, legislation and funding guidelines.