Toolbox: Are You Ready for Change?

This exercise can spark important discussion about diversity. PURPOSE This exercise allows each individual to assess how the organization plans for and implements change. By the end of the exercise, the Board will identify how the organization typically thinks about change. INSTRUCTIONS Make a copy of this handout for each board member. Have each board member think about how your organization typically plans for and…

How to Create an Email Voting Policy

In a recent newsletter, we discussed voting by email and the State of Oregon’s requirements that outline how it must be done. Below, are some notes and steps for creating and adopting an email voting policy. Need a refresher? Nonprofits and Email Voting: What Does Oregon Law Allow? Developing a Voting By Email Policy Outlining the potential for voting by email in advance of the…

CNS Partners with Mid-Valley Development Professionals

Center for Nonprofit Stewardship (CNS) is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Mid-Valley Development Professionals (MVDP). MVDP serves professionals in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley who raise funds for nonprofit organizations. CNS will maintain MVDP’s commitment to providing development professionals in the Salem-Keizer, Albany and Corvallis areas with affordable opportunities for professional growth and development. Since holding its first general membership meeting in February 1998,…

Toolbox: Internal Controls

PURPOSE This board exercise will clarify methods used by your organization to process financial transactions. It will identify who currently handles different accounting tasks and indicate if there is adequate segregation of duties.  Strengthening internal accounting controls protects the organization’s financial assets against theft and protects those performing the financial duties against erroneous accusations. INSTRUCTIONS Step One:  Select one person from your board that is…

Getting Ready for #GivingTuesday

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been known as #GivingTuesday. This annual day of giving, recognized around the world, serves to bring attention to philanthropy and encourage generosity after the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While many organizations debate the return on investment of #GivingTuesday efforts, it can’t be ignored that donations made on this day are increasing. In 2017, #GivingTuesday donations…

Nonprofits and Email Voting: What Does Oregon Law Allow?

A question that comes up frequently in our work relates to something we all generally take for granted—communication by email. As our lives are becoming busier and we often turn to the internet to stay connected, many board members wonder about conducting business via email. Is it legal? What are the pitfalls? Many boards are getting work done by email, some even have written policies…

Emily James, Heartland Humane Society

“CNS offered a Learn@Lunch series of workshops in my area covering some great fundraising and board development topics. These workshops were inexpensive, accessible, and thoughtfully executed in a “bite-sized” fashion to reach busy non-profit staff and volunteers with vital information. L@L is a great model and will make me look for more CNS programming. Thank you for being a great resource for non-profits, CNS!”

Sandra Hernandes, The TREE Institute

“Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us small organizations who thrive to make our resources to value two or three times more! As the director of The TREE Institute, which is formed by Latinas/os and works with very low income populations of immigrants, I have been seeking simple and low cost ways to train and develop our Board of Directors. The ‘10…