Articles from Bob Harris, CAE of the Non-Profit Center

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Ground Rules for Meetings

Updated on 09 December 2021

  • Discuss and set “ground rules” or guidelines for effective meetings at the start of the year.

Guide to Better Governance - 2018

Updated on 21 February 2018

  • This guide offers smart practices and takes governance from good to great

Hierarchy of Governing Documents - Bob Harris

Updated on 25 January 2016

  • A guide to the origin, purpose and application of seven governing documents for exempt organizations in the USA; listed in order of hierarchy.

I am an Association Executive

Updated on 01 May 2017

  • What it takes to be an Association Executive

Improving Knowledge Based Governance

Updated on 27 June 2018

  • ing asked to serve on a board is exciting. It is an opportunity to learn and demonstrate leadership skills, advance a cause and join a team. But the excitement wears off as the responsibilities for governance take over.

Innovative Agenda Practices

Updated on 11 April 2018

  • New ways to enhance board meetings

IRS Form 990 is Revealing

Updated on 11 April 2018

  • Information on the IRS From 990

Lamination Works! - Bob Harris, CAE

Updated on 23 January 2016

  • Laminate for Impact

Leading with Intent

Updated on 27 June 2018

  • The best approach to approaching board meetings is be intentional.

Like Basketball, Master the Fundeamentals to Improve Association

Updated on 25 April 2018

  • Get the Fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise

Link the Strategic Plan to the Budget

Updated on 12 April 2021

  • A Strategic plan should be closely tied to the board approaved budget.


Updated on 27 June 2018

  • Onboarding - The process of integrating a new board member into the organization so they can be effective in their roles and responsibilities.

Policy Management - Bob Harris

Updated on 25 January 2016

  • This article explains the linkage of policies, bylaws and procedures; and suggests techniques to manage them.

President’s Messages Made Easy - Bob Harris

Updated on 25 January 2016

  • Advice to write a timely, relevant President column

Projecting the Agenda - Bob Harris

Updated on 25 January 2016

  • The purpose of an agenda is to guide the meeting through a series of discussions in order to achieve results.
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