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Board Member Independence

A key legal obligation of a board member is a duty of loyalty. The object of this loyalty is the nonprofit organizati...

A key legal obligation of a board member is a duty of loyalty. The object of this loyalty is the nonprofit organization each board member is helping to govern. Board members have a duty to place the interest of their nonprofit before anything else when acting in their fiduciary capacity. This undivided loyalty means objectivity in decision making, an unbiased approach to issues, freedom from ulterior motives or external control, and an absence of conflict of interest when choosing between options. Ultimately the full board as a body must act in an independent manner in its decision making. Continue reading here.

Board Member Independence, June 17, 2015, Board Source

From Nursing Home to Stay at Home: Jewish Organizations Try to Shift Senior Living

For many Jewish organizations, it has become clear that older adults are happier if they can live independently and &...

For many Jewish organizations, it has become clear that older adults are happier if they can live independently and "age in place," in their own homes rather than in nursing homes. "It has been a longstanding priority of Jewish federations and affiliated agencies to encourage aging in place, the feeling being that when older adults age in place, as distinct from being in an institution, they are able to live healthier and fuller lives," says William Daroff, senior vice president of public policy and director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

It is also more cost-effective to age in place because medical costs skyrocket for seniors who move to nursing homes or other facilities, Daroff explains. Read more here.

From Nursing Home to Stay at Home: Jewish Organizations Try to Shift Senior Living, May 28, 2014 by Michele Alperin

Strategic Planning or Strategic Thinking?

The well-known French expression attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, "plus ça change, plus c'e...

The well-known French expression attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" is often translated "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Anyone living in the world of nonprofit organizations (NPO's) could say that in fact the exact opposite is true. We live in an age where not only does the world continue to change, but the rate of change increases exponentially. For NPO's trying to keep track of their operating environment, the ferocious and unending pace of change can be dizzying. Continue reading here.

Strategic Planning or Strategic Thinking? May 26, 2014, eJP, by David B. Marcu