Category Archives: Board & Governance

Boards and finance

by Jini Stolk Arts board members clearly feel a strong desire for information and training on non-profit financial analysis and oversight. This was one of the most frequently mentioned requests (after, not surprisingly, fundraising) for future sessions following my recent Art of Good Governance sessions with the Toronto Arts Foundation. The idea of having “fiduciary […]

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Not simply to survive

by Jini Stolk “Our mandate as an arts organization is not simply to survive, but to create. Its function in society is to create. The only thing that justifies the money that we get is putting out work that counts.” With this profound statement, and a public letter filled with gratitude to the artists, staff and […]

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Boards and succession

by Jini Stolk BoardConnect, an organization out of Sydney, Australia “dedicated to providing advice, support and skill-development for the boards of non-profit organizations,” has been posting some useful materials on LinkedIn, including this check list on Board Recruitment and Succession Planning. I know BoardConnect through its founder David Fishel who’s been working long and hard […]

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Questions from the floor

by Jini Stolk I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the energy of the arts board members attending my workshops on The Art of Good Governance: Getting the Basics Right. The Get on Board project, a partnership betweenthe Toronto Arts Foundation and Business for the Arts, is clearly meeting a need: our board members are eager to learn and […]

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Engaging your board – some great ideas

by Shana Hillman General Manager of Kaeja d’Dance and Executive Producer of inDANCE, and former guru of programs at Creative Trust, Shana Hillman reports back on Maytree’s September 22nd Five Good Ideas session on Engaging your Board Effectively, led by Robin Cardozo in conversation with Jehad Aliweiwi, Earl Miller, and Jini Stolk. Jini has written […]

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Engaging your board, effectively

by Jini Stolk If you haven’t registered for Maytree’s September 22nd Five Good Ideas session on Engaging your Board Effectively – led by Robin Cardozo, Chief Operating Officer of SickKids Foundation, in conversation with Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation; Earl Miller, Board President, West Neighbourhood House; and myself, as Chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network […]

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I’ve looked at boards from both sides now

by Jini Stolk I don’t know whether Joni would approve but it’s Canada Day weekend and her beautiful poetry is never far from my mind, at any time. It’s sometimes easy to focus on the negative side of nonprofit boards, because we hear so frequently about personal clashes and struggles for control – or alternatively, lack […]

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Who owns nonprofit organizations?

by Jini Stolk After a great deal of public outcry and the departure of some long-time board and staff members, the decision to close the San Diego Opera – a 49-year-old institution of considerable importance to its community and art form – was just overturned. Emergency fundraising, in-kind community support, and cost-cutting (including an agreement […]

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