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"Greater works than these . . . ?"

Do I really believe Jesus when He says that we can actually perform such things?

Board Effectiveness Pop Quiz

Here’s a simple strategy for building board effectiveness.

Transforming Your Donors

Stop begging for money and start developing donors!

Setting the Table Makes All the Difference

Well-prepared Table Hosts for your Banquet are the key to friend-raising and fund-raising.

A Partner in the Cause For Life!

Could your PRC use free training in donor development?

Integrating Governance and Planning (Part 3)

When the Board just serves as a group of “editors” for the CEO’s plan, confusion and conflict can result.

Do Unto Others...

The board's role in governance of a ministry includes policymaking, budget oversight, strategic planning, public relations, fundraising, and so on. However, being a board member also requires having the proper attitude about the ministry.

Integrating Governance and Planning (Part 2)

Key to effective strategic planning for nonprofits is having a shared sense of what it is, why it is done, and where the board and CEO can and should partner in the process.

Staffing Decisions and Religious Beliefs

Do you have the right to screen for religious beliefs in your hiring practices?

Do We Have Office Hours for Friends?

How open should your center's hours be?

Integrating Governance and Planning (Part 1)

How to coordinate strategic planning between the board and CEO.

Twenty Questions a Major Donor Might Ask

If a donor asked YOU, how would you answer?

The "Focus Five" Assessment Tool

How does a Board handle differences of opinion and perspective among its members? At Focus - where we also have many spiritually mature, independent thinkers - we use a team assessment tool called "The Focus Five" to help encourage healthy interaction and team commitment to our decisions.


Life is Change, Growth is Optional, Choose Wisely

Board Statesmanship

Do you ever feel you fall short? Take heart and remember Peter, who fell short but had the courage to try again.

Mutually Accountable Leadership

Serving on a board is an honor and a sacred responsibility.

I Like Your Boldness

How aggressive should you be when asking particular donors for money?

Nonprofit Board Meeting Tips

How do you make your board meetings purposeful and productive?

Avoiding Five Fatal Flaws of Christian Fundraising (Part 5)

Recognize the power of the Holy Spirit in motivating your donors to give.

Avoiding Five Fatal Flaws of Christian Fundraising (Part 4)

You must maintain a relationship with your donors -- get to know them.

CEO Transitions and Succession

Does your organization know how it would handle the sudden absence of its CEO?

Avoiding Five Fatal Flaws of Christian Fundraising (Part 3)

Learn why it's important to thank a donor seven times during the year for their gift

Avoiding Five Fatal Flaws of Christian Fundraising (Part 2)

You must always articulate your vision for your organization in order to motivate your donors.

Avoiding Five Fatal Flaws of Christian Fundraising (Part 1)

Having a plan is critically important to a fundraising effort.

What Does Winning Look Like To You?

Running an organization successfully isn't the same as successfully running an organization.

Who's My Boss, Anyway?

The Board speaks as one, not as individuals. Keep this in mind, to avoid confusion and misdirection.

"It's Your Call — We're With You"

One of the greatest gifts a board can provide to a leader is to be willing to say, "It's your call — we're with you."

Guerilla Fundraising

When you can't pay top dollar for fundraising events & expertise, how do you get the financial support you need?


How do you develop and implement a forward-looking plan for your organization?

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 7 of 7)

How building a caring community within your board meetings can make a more effective board.

The Board's Song Sheet
(and the reasons given for not using it)

Why a Board Policies Manual is important to guide the organization and its leadership.

The Power of One

Don't get stuck in depression about where you are -- think about your potential.

The Essential Role of the Nonprofit Board Chair

What does a quality board chair need?

Facing the Impossible?

How do you overcome those things which seem impossible?

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 6 of 7)

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings: Use Hand Signals (Part 6 of 7)

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 5 of 7)

Avoid micromanagement by focusing on indicators, not details.

Six Best Practices for Recruiting Exceptional Board Members

How do you recruit the best board members?

The Three C's of Stewardship: A Recipe for Success

How do you safeguard and steward your organization through hard times?

Building Major Donor Relationships

Major donors give to people they know and trust. How do you build that relationship?

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 4 of 7)

The fourth of a seven part series covering the emerging best practices that your board can immediately implement to stay informed and better develop

ECFA Best Practices for Boards

ECFA Best Practices for Boards

Handling Board and Organizational Conflict: The Board Chaplain

The role of the Board Chaplain in handling board and organizational conflict:

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 3 of 7)

The third of a seven part series covering the emerging best practices that your board can immediately implement to stay informed and make better decisions.

How To Bless Your Team Members!

Five fun and helpful tips to enhance your employee’s performance and effectiveness.

The "20/80" Rule Flipped On Its Head

Are enough effort and resources being poured into your overall mission?

Balancing Mission and Accountability

Balancing mission and accountability

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (Part 2 of 7)

Launching a private website for your board.

The Impact of Kingdom Leaders:
How Kingdom Principles Transform Leaders and Their Ministries

How Kingdom principles Transform leaders and their ministries

Being Successful Where It Counts

Making sure you don't take on so much ministry that it hurts your family.

Does our board know our “Number?”

How to estimate how many abortions occur in your area during a year's time.

Hot Ideas for Nonprofit Board Meetings (part 1 of 7)

How can your board leverage technology to get more done?

Fraud Risk Assessment and Policy

Even nonprofit organizations should have a predetermined policy on misconduct and dishonesty. Refer to the sample policy to get started!

Planning for an End-of-Year Appeal

Have you thought about your end-of-year support opportunities for current and potential supporters?

My Second Hundred Years at a Pregnancy Center

How to identify the symptoms of the "B" word in ministry: Burnout.

Moving Governance From Good To Great

Ten thought-provoking characteristics of a great board. How many are true of your board?

A Reminder: How High Are My Standards?

How seriously do I take my role as a board member? Is the Lord working through you to save lives?

Leading Through Times of Uncertainty

Winds that have so often filled our sails and provided direction and momentum have become eerily quiet.

Let Us Inquire of the Lord

How to know what God wants you to do—and not to do.

Staffing Conflicts

When an unhappy employee approaches the board, do you know how to respond?

Succession Planning

Don't minimize the impact of a leadership change on your organization.


Learn how you can become an effective ambassador to faithfully represent your ministry.

NonProfit Strategic Planning

Discover your organization’s specific purposes using this working definition and overview of a strategic planning process.

Teamwork in Resource Development

Create the right expectations between the board chair, the chief executive officer and the chief development officer.

More Than a Few Things to Like about Peter

Does your board ever have split votes? Read what a blessing diverse perspectives can be.

Marketing: How much is too much for our ministry?

How will you create a realistic marketing plan, so that those who need you, find you?

The Five Drucker Questions: Is It Time for a Ministry Tune-up?

Questions to help your staff and board find out where God is working, so you can join Him!

"Oh By the Way, I'm in Jail at the Moment"

In your discouraging circumstances, do you remember your mission?

Checks and Balances

Learn financial safeguards to implement at your ministry.

What Good Board Members Contribute to a Nonprofit Ministry

Find out valuable contributions you can make to the ministry you serve.

Where Are You Going and How Are You Going to Get There?

Your strategic plan is your roadmap to future ministry.

What If I Give All I Have?

Are you discouraged by criticism in your pro-life ministry?

Where Is Your Ministry's 'Boiler Room'?

Don't short-circuit your ministry's — or your own — source of power.

A Back Pocket Letter

A plan you can put into action within 10 days if the economy threatens your PRC.

Be Prepared

Communication is a top priority for the new year. Who's on your list to talk to?

Clarify Our Responses to Each Situation

What do you do when giving drops?

Consider All Possibilities

Prepare for negative situations and keep your vision fresh and strong.

Creating a Plan of Action for Each Contingency

The importance of writing down your plan.

When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Results…

Best Practices trump good intentions every time. Lead your PRC toward excellence.

Leading Through Tough Economic Climates

Find out helpful tips to see what it takes to succeed as an organization in these turbulent times.

Living Out a Fear-Fighting Faith

Faced with the choice of saving her own life by remaining silent or standing up to protect her people, Esther chooses faith. What will we choose?

Keeping The Big Picture In Front of Us At All Times

In this article, see how to keep the “main thing” — the “main thing” — in the many decisions boards are required to make.

Thanks, But No Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, remember to thank your donors! Here are 10 thank you tips to use year-round.

Economic Times Tight? Time to Get Creative.

Is your ministry doing all it can to present creative opportunities for your friends to support you?

IRS Forms 990 & 1023: Public Disclosure

Have you ever looked at your 990? Did you know you were supposed to? Here’s how to make sure you’re meeting IRS guidelines for public disclosure.

Relationship Marketing: God's Plan for the Ages and Your Center

Are you working hard, yet struggling to meet payroll and grow your services? Networking is not a naughty word; it is all about relationships.

A Great Investment: Create a Culture of Celebration

Promote your PRC through celebrating milestones and contributions that add to your center's success!

The Church and the Center: An Uneasy Marriage

You need the Church and the Church needs You! Find out how you can cultivate church involvement with your PRC.

Big Rock Fundraising

How can you help your ED identify major donors that will sustain your ministry?

Term Limits

Once a board member, always a board member? Does your board have a term limit policy?

The Most Effective Boards Make the Fewest Decisions

Is your board making too many decisions? Here are some things to consider.

Is a Volunteer Shortage Leading to Staff Burnout?

Many ministries face severe volunteer shortages. With more women in the work force, it seems there’s less time for volunteerism. What’s the solution?

Let's Build Something Together

Do you feel like you're carrying the burden of your ministry all by yourself? Here’s how Nehemiah helped the Israelites rebuild the broken defenses that made them vulnerable to their enemies.

Pregnancy Resource Centers Need to Prepare for Coming Attacks

Is your PRC/PMC viable or vulnerable? Here are some ideas on how to prepare for the coming legislative attacks that are now being prepared by our adversaries.

Building a Foundation of Prayer for Your Board of Directors

One of the most important aspects of board governance for ministries is prayer! How can you “improve your serve” in this vital area?

Determining Whether to "Go Medical": A Board Assessment Survey

When a PRC wrestles with the prospect of converting to a medical clinic, the Board is faced with many questions as part of the decision-making process. Here's an assessment survey to guide your discussion, as well as information about grants to help you cover the cost.

Thinking Ahead with Our Volunteer Staffing

What questions does your Board need to be asking each month about your volunteer staff?

Reaching Out to Men

For every woman your ministry serves, there is a man. The problem is that most of them don't know how to be real men.

The Quiet Secret of Ministry Staff — Money Matters

There are bills to pay and the pressure of the work is enough without having to go home and be con­cerned over financial matters. Our only alternative is to take a hard look at our salary structure.

What Does a Poorly Governed Organization Look Like?

A well governed pregnancy help organization is like beauty. How can you move from ineffective to effective?

Getting the Job Done — In Less Time with Better Results

We have ideas that will help you make your board meetings more productive (and shorter!).

Improving Your Serve Via Good Information

By regularly soliciting information from clients, you have a source of continuous feedback about the operation of your center.

The New 990 Return: Conflict of Interest Policy

Start now to gather the required information for the new, revised Form 990 for the 2008 tax year.

IRS Unveils New 990 Tax Return for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS has created a new Form 990 which will be phased in over a three-year transition period beginning with tax year 2008 returns, filed in 2009.

Before We Talk To a Prospective Board Member . . .

Let's choose our board members wisely. Our future depends on it.

Creating Compensation Plans for Your PRC

Determining your Center's compensation philosophy and corresponding guidelines is among one of the most important responsibilities of the boards of directors of nonprofit corporations.

Historic Research Project

Focus on the Family® is conducting an extensive research effort to gather necessary information to help you succeed in this ever-changing fight for life.


Seven keys to a vibrant board of directors

Evangelism: The Core of the Pregnancy Resource Center/Clinic Ministry

Abortion is more than just a political and social issue. Abortion, at its heart, is a spiritual issue.

Is Your Organization a Ministry or Business?

A question guaranteed to liven up your next board meeting!

Think in Terms of Meeting Needs, Then Take a Vote

When funds are short, the board can slip into "we can't afford it thinking" and lose its vision.

A Board Member's List of New Year's Resolutions

Make realistic resolutions for you and your board this year.

Are you Operating with I.M.P.A.C.T.?

It's a great time to examine our organizations to assess the effectiveness of both our internal operations and external success.

Results of Healthy Conflict Resolution

Teams are going to disagree; the manner in which the leader handles disagreement is essential to the health of your team.

Properly Amending Policies & Procedures

Written policies and procedures are the starting point for defensible, consistently applied, and ultimately effective organizational practices in every nonprofit.

The Dynamics of Leadership – Part 2

Leadership is a gift that is to be continually molded, empowered, directed, perfected, and protected by our Lord.

Visionary Budgeting

When budgeting, consider the board’s dreamer.

Board Communication when a Leader Departs — Favor or Fuel?

Healthy communication with your staff is essential when your PRC is experiencing a change in leadership.

The Dynamics of Leadership – Part 1

This four-part leadership series will examine basic leadership principles and how they can be applied within your organization.

What does your board meeting cost? Is it worth it?

Let's make sure we come away from every board meeting with results in keeping with the commitment we've made. Here are a couple of ideas.

If We Are Short of Funds for a Project, What Is the Reason?

Does your board want to fund a project but is unable? Discover six reasons why you may not have the money.

Before a New Board Member Says, "I do."

Before asking a new board member to join the team, make sure he or she knows clearly what is expected. Here are some thoughts.

Board Shines as Director Takes on CEO Role

If the Board sees its Executive Director as a true CEO, it's more than a title change—it's a revolution in the making.

Quick Reads to Keep You Ahead of the Curve

A board member who reads gains perspective, more vision and a clearer understanding of the ministry he or she oversees. Here are several opportunities to stay ahead of the curve as a board member.

Investments Today for a Better Tomorrow

There's more than one kind of investment that can make the difference for your center in the future.

We Are a Ministry of Choice, and Always Will Be

Whenever the subject of abortion comes up, we will likely hear someone say that he or she believes in the “right to choose,” as if somehow Thomas Jefferson penned something in the Constitution that all of us missed.

PRC Investigative Insurance Questions

Liability insurance is a necessity, and it can be a very confusing issue to navigate. The following document was prepared to assist Executive Directors/CEOs/Boards of Directors as they review their insurance needs and potential insurance providers.

Coaching the Executive Director

The evaluation of the Executive Director is one of the most important, yet difficult responsibilities of serving on the board. Is there a way to make this experience enjoyable and productive?

The Ten Dysfunctions of a Board

Boards must continually evaluate themselves to be sure they are not falling victim to any of these dysfunctions.

When Does the Board Authorize the Use of a Consultant?

There will come a season in the life of every non-profit ministry when staff and volunteers do not have the time or expertise to solve a problem or issue. Learn how a consultant can help.

Build a Caring Community

Are your board meetings all business and no fun? Learn why it's important to play while addressing the daily challenges of running a Pregnancy Resource Center.

Begin with a Consent Agenda

Learn how a consent agenda can keep your board focused during meeting time for maximum communication.

The Five Critical Activities of a Development-Minded Board

What exactly is resource development and how should your board be facilitate it for a more effective center?

Hand Signals for Board Meetings

Does your board have trouble staying on track during meetings? Try these hand signals to foster more effective communication.

Donor Development Tips

As a board member you may be called upon to help the Executive Director of the center build relationships with donors in your community.

Can Your PRC Survive?

Many times in ministry work, it's easy to forget that we operate in a competitive environment. Yes, we see abortion providers as opposition, but this is not a Pregnancy Resource Centers only competition.

What Qualities Should an Executive Director Expect in the Board?

In the book, The Nonprofit Leadership Team, Fisher Howe lists the desired characteristics of the Board.

What Qualities Should the Board Expect in the Executive Director?

Discover seven powerful characteristics that the Board can expect and encourage in their Executive Director.

The Business of Stewardship

It's disheartening to hear someone in leadership say ,“This is a ministry, not a business,” implying that the application of business principles is somehow “anti-God.”

Where and Who is the Board?

Does your Board of Directors understand the community they serve and know know their role in serving? Create a plan to learn and then apply this information.

Avoid Future Legal Attacks

Pregnancy Resources Centers may be vulnerable to legal attacks if they are functioning without a written statement on biblical qualifications for board membership and leadership.

Boards Must Assure Public Access to Two Corporate Documents

According to an Internal Revenue, tax-exempt organizations such as Pregnancy Resource Centers must provide, for public inspection at your office during regular business hours, the corporation’s annual tax returns.

Board of Directors – Obey Thy Bylaws!

Boards of Directors of Pregnancy Resource Center organizations who ignore their bylaws can run the risk of personal liability.

Preparing for Unexpected Events

Boards can protect the organization by preparing and monitoring a succession policy.

Three Ways One Board Member Can Raise $100 to $5,000

Assuring that there is adequate funding for their life-saving Pregnancy Resource Center is one of the primary duties of the Board of Directors. But what can one board member do to make a difference?

Selecting New Board Members

What process should your board take to select new board members? Is it okay to take your time in the recruitment process?

What Does it Mean to be a Governing Board?

Pregnancy Resource Center literature often teaches that boards should be “governing.” What exactly does this mean? Dr. Richard Biery, M.D. has written the following to help understand the Biblical basis of governance.

Board Development

Want to develop an effective, efficient board for your Pregnancy Resource Center? Here are some strategies that will help.

Board Meetings

Prayer must always be the key element and focus of the board meetings themselves.

Community and Public Relations

Good public relations should always be a goal of board members. Keeping the community informed about your center is important.

Community-Networking with Other Agencies

Good community relations can be a real asset to your pregnancy center ministry. The board needs to look outward into the community.

Donor Gifts and Advertising

Another consideration may be the implementation of an advertising policy regarding certain gifts.

Evaluating Center Finances

It is important to assess the finances of your center on an ongoing basis also.

Evaluating Staff and Executive Directors

You can evaluate staff by looking at four areas. Look for trends in number of staff grievances, look for the rate of staff turnover, look for the ratio of staff to clients served and look at absenteeism among staff members.

Executive Sessions of the Board

Are there times when an executive session should take place without the executive director? Or, should he always be included in every session?

Fundraising and Development

To many involved in pregnancy center ministry work, the terms fundraising and development are synonymous.

Generational Leadership

Do leadership styles at your pregnancy resource center clash? Discover differences between between the Builder, Boomer and Buster generations.

Gift Acceptance Policy

Culturally, we have been taught that we should not question a gift when it is offered to us, but PRC boards that adopt this policy may be looking for problems.

Practices of Highly Effective Boards

Research shows there are three factors that are consistent for boards across some of the top effective organizations.

The Executive Director as Babysitter?

Who has ultimate responsiblity to lead your Pregnancy Resource Ministry? Is it the executive director or the board? Discover the answer here.

Using Your Newsletter in Community Relations

Newsletters are an important way for pregnancy centers to communicate with vital constitutients. But they must be done professionally and accurately.

What is Your Program Worth?

“If we can save even one life, it will be worth the cost.” Can believing this be destructive to a Pregnancy Resource Center?

Who's the Boss of the Board?

One of the main duties of a board of directors is to evaluate the executive director’s performance. But, who evaluates the board and who does the board work for; who’s the boss of the board?

About Board Meetings

While serving in the pastorate for many years, I sat in many, many board meetings.

Annual Planning for Pregnancy Center Boards

Remember, it is the BOARD’s responsibility to have a plan to achieve the mission of the organization.

Board Members and Financial Matters

At every regular meeting the Board should evaluate financial information and update their understanding of the organization’s financial condition.

Effective Boardmanship According to ECFA

Much has been written about building effective Boards and boardsmanship, including detailed discussion of the various aspects of the Board's role and responsibilities.

Effectual Boardmanship

A board whose leadership is relevant not only sees to it that the organization is viable and ethical, but also effectual.The mission of most non-profits is in the realm of cultural or individual change and authentic change is always incremental and of the heart.

Ethical Mandates of Board Members

For a board to fulfill its Biblical and legal mandate, it must see to it that the organization is viable, but also ethical.

Evaluation-How is the Journey Going?

Pregnancy resource centers need to be evaluated on a regular basis. Evaluations tell us where we have been, how things are proceeding, and what adjustments might be needed before pressing forward.

Examples of Policies for Pregnancy Centers

Written policies capture the identity and character of the organization. Many times the organization’s mission statement, purpose, values, and statement of faith can be considered policies.

How Board Members Implement an Annual Plan

Once your board has an annual planning meeting there are more steps to follow to implement the plan into action.

Implementation- A Board Responsibility

The responsibility of implementation of plans belongs to Board members.

Legal Aspects of Board Membership

Board members must clearly understand their legal responsibilities because there is definitely potential for legal liability when serving on a board.

Long Range or Strategic Planning for Boards

Long range or strategic planning is not something every organization needs. The purpose is to answer the question, "What should we look like 3-5 years from now? What should we be accomplishing?”

Mission Statements for Pregnancy Centers

An org's mission is the reason for its existence. Having a mission statement that clearly defines what your pregnancy ministry hopes to achieve through its programs and activities is is a way to convey your passion or heart.

Policies-the Thing Boards are “Famous” For!

Written policies improve communication. When policies are written down everyone has access to the information as to what to do.

Spiritual Oversight of Pregnancy Centers

Board members may not realize they are being used by God in their service. Boardmanship is a high and holy calling.

The Biblical Mandate of Being a Boardmember

Is the value of serving on a board of directors found in what the organization accomplishes or in boardmanship itself?

The Board Members Calling

We all have callings in life. Some start as a seemingly tiny desire or passion and develop into a significant aspect of our life, such as a calling to intercessory prayer, evangelism, ministry to the poor or teaching.

The Legal Mandate of Board Members

In widely accepted non-profit corporate law dealing with the responsibilities of board members, governance is described as three duties.

The Ministry of Boardmanship

Whether you joined a board from a sense of passion or simple circumstances, you must either develop a sense of calling for your participation. The "ministry of boardmanship" demands your heart, intellect, abilities, spirituality, energy, resources and time. It also requires dependency on God, just a any other ministry.

Three Important Questions

When a not-for-profit organization encounters failure-or even worse, scandal-its difficulties can often times be traced to some breakdown at the Board level.

Three Responsibilites for the Board of Directors

The essence of boardmanship is this: insuring the organization is viable, ethical and effectual.

Types of Mission Statements

Here is an example of two ways for pregnancy resource centers to word their mission statement.


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