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When the Board President Should (and Shouldn’t) Vote

Vol. 16 No. 9

The Board President is the person responsible for conducting Board meetings. Often, however, the President is torn between the desire to express personal views on an issue and the need to generate and moderate discussion in an unbiased manner.

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Some Jobs Aren’t Made for Volunteers

Vol. 16 No. 9

You can’t imagine how your staff would complete various tasks without the support of your trusted volunteers. However, some of them are performing potentially dangerous work. As a Trustee, you and your fellow Board members should make sure the school has a policy concerning volunteers and their work on your campus.

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How Will You Recognize the Qualified Interim Head?

Vol. 16 No. 8

Your School Head of 20 years is about to retire and your Search Committee has been unable to find a new Head who “fits” your school’s current strategic goals. You’ve decided to select an Interim Head, a temporary position for the upcoming school year, until a new Head can be found for the following year.

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Nine ‘Icebergs’ That Can Sink Your Ship

Vol. 16 No. 8

As an experiment, ISM suggests that your Board list the top strategies or actions you would take if you wanted your school to fail utterly. Then put systems and processes into place to avoid these scenarios. The following nine ‘icebergs’ are likely to sink your ship, resulting in insolvency, weakened organizational stability, and increased bureaucracy.

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Preparing for a Powerful Full-Board Presentation

Vol. 16 No. 7

When a Board committee or Trustee is on the agenda to present a proposal to the Board, expect him or her to come thoroughly prepared. The following template can help Trustees organize proposal presentations.

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The Essential Role of the Annual Fund Chair

Vol. 16 No. 7

Because the annual fund is broad-based and occurs regularly, it connects your school with the widest possible group of donors in your community and works to instill in them the habit of giving. The annual fund also opens the opportunity to identify individuals who later might become primary supporters of your capital, endowment, and major gift programs.

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