As an Executive Director, you are often overworked and underpaid. You are asked to do the impossible with few tools and little money. You often feel isolated in your position because your staff trusts you to handle everything perfectly, and they cannot and should not necessarily be privy to general operations of the organization.
2020 has tilted the world on its axis and proven that even the hardiest of nonprofits can be shaken. It has also been a stark reminder that crisis is going to happen, and the way we “have always done things” in the nonprofit sector is no longer an excuse for maintaining the status quo.
If your board members are spending time at board meetings talking about the signature drink at your upcoming cocktail event rather than addressing the organization’s lack of diversified funding or other gaps areas, your organization is not operating under best practices.