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…

Guiding More Good: CNS’s Annual Conference

Guiding More Good CNS’s Annual Conference February 2nd, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm LaSells Stewart Center Oregon State University We look forward to seeing you at CNS’s annual conference! This day-long event hosts a number of expert speakers to provide informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. The 2019 conference will include fifteen sessions that cover a wide scope of topics such as fund…

Toolbox: Board Member Job Descriptions

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS The board job description is used to recruit new board members, to remind current board members of their role and responsibility to the organization, and in some cases, to let board members go who cannot discharge their board responsibilities. Therefore, the board member job description should be signed and dated, a copy kept in the board member’s notebook, and another copy kept…

Survey on Board Recruitment and Retention

The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship received a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to uncover barriers to and opportunities for rural board service. One of the chief concerns that emerged from our 2017 client survey—and something that we hear from our rural clients regularly—is an increase in need for directors, but a decrease in resources and people willing to serve. Funding provided by The Ford…

Toolbox: Becoming Your Donor’s Favorite Cause

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS This exercise will help you identify ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated, in the know, and included in the work of your organization.  How donors feel about your organization is a strong indicator of whether they will give again or not. Distribute a copy of this handout (available here as a PDF) to…