Your center is required to have a three year financial and program plan*, and you report on that in your annual Program Performance Report. It isn’t called a strategic plan in the requirements, and you have a lot of flexibility
Tools for board self-assessment
The Maine Association of Nonprofits has perfectly summed up the critical importance of regular self-assessments for boards: A strong, vibrant board of directors is a clear indicator of a healthy organization. Yet even the best organizations need a periodic check-up
Board self-assessment – a tool for your board to take it to the next level
This past couple of years have been out-of-the-ordinary. Or maybe have presented us with a new normal (or most probably some of both). Either way, the board as well as the management of your center have had to navigate new
What is the role of the board?
Question: My board chair is questioning a recent decision I made about a staff member’s performance. I thought supervising staff was my job. Can she, for example, tell me I have to reinstate him after I fired him? Answer: This
Lobbying: What can SILCs and CILs do?
The first rule is that you cannot ever endorse a candidate. (This has to do with IRS rules around non-profit status, if you have that, and rules against state entities endorsing candidates if you are not a non-profit.) The second
Be particular about Consumer Control
Consumer control is the foundation of Independent Living, and permeates the board, staff and management of Centers as well as the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). The requirements are clear: More than 50% (51% or more) of the board members
Is it a conflict for the CIL rep to chair the SILC?
I want to say first that it is not a conflict of interest for a CIL staff member to serve in any office on the SILC, including as chair. The regulations only require that the chair be a voting member,
How are you planning for the future? Has your “roadmap” changed?
I am from an older generation. I grew up loving maps, paper maps that I could unfold, refold to show the part I wanted, and then determine our route. We had a drawer of them for all our hoped for
Board Recruitment tips for CILs
Does your board of directors have the expertise needed to oversee your organization? Are all your board positions full? Are you planning for the day when members rotate off your board? You should always be on the lookout for good
Are we required to have an independent audit?
While your small center is not required by your federal funder to conduct an annual audit, typically you are by other funding sources (check your contracts) and it is best practice for all. The only federally required audit kicks in