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Fast Build Friday: Episode 48- The Role of Membership in Governance

Think fast: Is your nonprofit a membership corporation? Okay. What decision-making authority do your members have (and we don’t mean board members)?

I’ll wait. 🙂

Did you know that knowing the answers to these questions can strengthen your infrastructure and impact?

Today’s Fast Build topic is the role of membership in governance. Nic explains what statutory membership is and why it is critical that you understand the role membership plays in governance within a nonprofit.

When you are designing your governance structure, ignoring membership will impact the way you are building out your organization. We have to be thoughtful and deliberate about how we include membership into our governance structure and how we intend to work with or without a membership to ensure a nonprofit is building the way it should.

How are you thinking about the role of membership in your organization’s governance? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 48 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 47- Too Many Organizational Values Can Jeopardize Your Infrastructure

Does a #nonprofit organization having a single organizational value make you question its commitment to the work? Do more values = more commitment?

Today’s Fast Build topic is how having too many organizational values can jeopardize your infrastructure.

When an organization has a long list of organizational values listed on its website or in its communication materials, it’s a signal to us that the leadership and team within that organization likely struggle with understanding and articulating what their organizational values are.

We have to stop conflating an increase in the number of organizational values with creating an organization that follows those values. Focusing on identifying core values that resonate with the work and your approach, not more values, is critical to building a strong infrastructure and a sustainable organization.

You can watch Episode 47 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 46- Pursuing a “Continuously Improving” Infrastructure

Do you think you could build a perfect organization? A perfect board? A perfect team? What if we told you that chasing perfection is a race to the bottom?

Today’s Fast Build topic is about pursuing a “continuously improving” infrastructure instead of a “perfect” infrastructure. Nic shares 2 reasons why pursuing a “continuously improving” infrastructure is the goal and why pursuing a “perfect” infrastructure is actually settling.

The first reason is that we live in a dynamic environment that is constantly evolving and changing. The second reason, and it builds on the first, is that when you build an infrastructure with the thinking that it will continuously improve, you have a very different mindset towards the work that you’re doing.

When we aim to continuously improve our infrastructure alongside our work, that is when we can become transformative.

How are you continuously improving? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 46 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 45- How to Build an Effective Grant-Making Process (Part III)

Recently, we have seen organizations requesting help with incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into their grant making. We know the issue as soon as we see the request and we know those requests are missing 2 important building blocks.

Today’s Fast Build topic is about how to build an effective grant-making process. Nic shares the third and final building block you need to build an effective grant-making process for your organization.

The third building block is that you must ensure that the core and overall design of the process are equitable and inclusive. This third building block comes after consideration of the first two building blocks, which are understanding your organization’s values and understanding and defining risk.

At each building block phase, you address equity and inclusion in your approach, analysis, discussion, and struggle, and then finally ensure that the entire process has been assembled in this way. After years of building grant-making processes and infrastructure, we do not believe there is any other way to build an effective grant-making process.

How are you thinking about equity and inclusion in your grant-making process? About your values? And about risk?

Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 45 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 44- How to Build an Effective Grant-Making Process (Part II)

If we separately asked you and a colleague who works closely with you to define risk, would you share the same definition? What if we asked everyone in your organization? Would everyone’s response be the same or would it change based on grantee type, leadership, or location? Is it okay if it does?

Today’s Fast Build topic is about how to build an effective grant-making process. Nic shares the second of 3 building blocks you need to build an effective grant-making process for your organization.

The second building block, based on designing and structuring grant-making processes for many years in different regions of the world, is understanding and defining risk. Unless you get clear on how your definition of risk aligns with your organization’s values, you cannot build an effective grant-making process.

A grant-making process can be effective when the organization pays attention to how it defines risk and struggles well with getting that definition right. Are you struggling well? Let us your thoughts in the comments.

You can watch Episode 44 below.

 

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