After Passing the Budget – Goals for the Fiscally Responsible Board Member

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

All good board members know it is our job to make sure our organization has a solid budget that supports the organization’s ability to meet both its short and long term goals. So we do our due diligence and pass a responsible budget that can be used to guide the organization for the year.

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Your Personal Mid-Year Check In

Written by: Loren M. Hill, Ph.D.
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Summer is the season for mid-year reviews. For many of us, that may mean mid-year job performance reviews, or perhaps our summer portfolio review. If we are serving on boards, we may be reviewing the mid-year performance of our organizations.

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Not Just a Seat at the Table, But a Voice, Too!

Written by: Gregory C. Scott
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
AABLI alumnus, Class #4

Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of the nation’s biggest companies. In 2018, California passed a law (California Senate Bill 826) trying to change that. The law, SB 826, requires at least one woman on boards that have four members or less, two women on boards of five people and three women on boards of six or more.

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March Madness Teaches Us To Work Our Board Net

Written by: Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Antioch College
AABLI alumna, Class #3

March Madness is one of the biggest, most exciting and entertaining events in all of sports. Sixty-eight teams compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The final four go up against each other to arrive at a reigning winner. Why is March Madness such an exhilarating competition? My guess is because it’s an opportunity to showcase young college players for the ultimate prize: the NBA.

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Create Your Own News Bureau

Written by: Monique Stennis
Adjunct Professor
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

About a decade ago, your first encounter with a person was face-to-face, whether it was at a hosted networking event, during a first time meeting or via an introduction made by a mutual contact. Now, with over three billion social media users worldwide, people are becoming acquainted with your personal brand—experience, expertise, competencies and achievements— in the marketplace, directly online. So making that powerful first impression has become a game changer on social media.

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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.

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When Your Professional Portfolio Meets Your Passion:
Seven Reasons to Join a Nonprofit Board

Written by: LaVada English, MBA
Training & Organizational Development Manager
City of Santa Barbara Employee’s University
AABLI alumna, Class #10

Most Americans of color did not grow up in families that sat around the dining table discussing which boards we should join when we came of age. To sit on a board, you have to be very wealthy, with access to major donors, right? It ain’t, as the song goes, necessarily so.

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He Made a Difference

Written By: Paul Hudson
Managing Director, Hudson & Holland Advisors, LLC
AABLI Board Member and Faculty Member

On August 8th, I lost a confidant, friend and father, and the City of Los Angeles closed another chapter on its history of distinguished citizens. I have chosen to share my Dad’s story, in the hope that his life and legacy will inspire readers to give back by helping those less fortunate realize equity and inclusion, and by extending a supportive hand to future generations so that they may realize their dreams.

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