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Asking More Commentary: Perspectives from Mendoza College of Business

Boards Are Ultimate Guardians of Nonprofits’ Missions

by Thomas Harvey

July 22, 2013

In their most recent "On Board" column, Tom Harvey and co-author John Tropman discuss Ken Stern's new book and why it misses the mark when it comes to nonprofit accountability. Read More

How boards can identify the most appropriate financial indicators

by Thomas Harvey

April 15, 2013

Boards should think carefully about the few financial indicators that tell them about the agency’s financial condition. Read More

Greek Tragedy in Happy Valley

by Thomas Harvey

June 11, 2012

The Penn State scandal provides lessons for all nonprofit boards. Read More

Boardroom Advice: Applying Assessment and Development

by Thomas Harvey

October 20, 2011

For-profit trustees often don't bring the same emphasis on strategic planning they hold for their organizations when they join non-profit boards, but self-assessment is just as vital. Read More

The 'Four Horsemen' rules that nonprofits need to heed

by Thomas Harvey

November 22, 2010

Nonprofit organizations can improve their public images by paying attention to these four areas. Read More

Death by a Thousand Cuts

by Thomas Harvey

September 16, 2010

This column describes three tactics to help nonprofit board directors prevent government underfunding and the resulting exploitation of their services. Read More

One story of reconciliation in Rwanda

by Thomas Harvey

June 14, 2010

Carolyn Woo and Tom Harvey traveled to a conference held in Kampali, Uganda in June as part of a team providing guidance to a group of bishops seeking to unite the African Church. Read More

Ensure your board isn't asleep at the wheel

by Thomas Harvey

February 16, 2010

Individual accountability is key to high-quality decision making by nonprofit board trustees. But in practice, measuring the board's performance -- both as a whole and in terms of individual members -- is often not carried out. Read More

Member, Director, or Trustee?

by Thomas Harvey

December 1, 2009

This article considers why the language nonprofit human service organizations use to describe the individuals who serve on their boards of directors is significant. Read More

Should Executives Be Paid Well For Doing Good?

by Thomas Harvey

October 20, 2009

The Chonicle of Philanthropy recently published a report about the salary levels of nonprofit CEOs that suggests they have been compensated generously even while their organizations have suffered decreased donations. But the report took a too-narrow view to accurately portray the real picture. Read More