Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – Easy listening about your nonprofit board’s “Duty of Care.” – 02/18/13

It’s easy to say “yes” to serving on the board of an organization you’re passionate about. It’s often difficult, though, to bring that energy and enthusiasm to the nonprofit’s financial policies or legal requirements. I would bet that at least half of board members in the U.S. don’t understand what they’ve really agreed to when they start serving on a board.

On this show, I speak with Nat Bartholomew, a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen, about Duty of Care and basic internal controls that ensure the assets of an organization are protected. Nat has 25 years of public accounting experience and for more than 20 of those, he has exclusively served not for profit clients. He is a nationally recognized expert on audit, accounting, tax and technology issues.

This is an “easy listening” show that addresses the least favorite work of board members with humor, practical examples and suggestions to compare your own board work to. Donors and your community are counting on you to act as a good steward of the nonprofit’s assets and the staff is counting on you to help the organization thrive.

A related show is Using dashboards for nonprofit evaluation which aired the week of April 30, 2012. My guest describes how you can measure the progress of a nonprofit using simple graphs and charts. They will help you explain to others what’s happening with your organization.

I encourage you to have your favorite nonprofit in mind as you listen to the show. Enjoy.