Center for Nonprofit Governance

Knowledge Sharing

CNG Knowledge Sharing

The Center for Nonprofit Governance within the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute explores boardrooms topics that expand the boundaries of current practitioner and academic knowledge, grounded in the latest research. Through its knowledge sharing initiatives, CNG fosters high-impact collaborations between nonprofit leadership, key nonprofit governance experts, and faculty members by providing objective, empirical evidence to previously unexplored questions facing board members and management teams in the nonprofit sector.

Should Your Nonprofit Adhere to Common Financial Management Norms?

Most nonprofit practitioners are acutely aware of the conventional financial management norms for their sector and recognize the impact that such norms may have on giving decisions by donors.

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Is Your Nonprofit Resilient? Three Questions Board Members and Executives Should Ask.

How can you assess if your nonprofit is resilient? As part of the Gupta Governance Institute Center for Nonprofit Governance and National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise’s (NCNE) seminar series, Elizabeth Searing, PhD, assistant professor at UT-Dallas suggests three broad questions that nonprofit boards and executives can ask and use as a launching point for meaningful discussions.

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The Ability of the Most Financially Constrained Firms to Raise Capital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this second of our multi-part series on capital raising during the pandemic, we examine differences in capital raised across publicly traded companies.

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The Challenges in Raising Equity Amidst an Economic Downturn: Do Nonprofits Face Unique Challenges, Relative to For-Profits?

The economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a cash shortfall for many companies and institutions. Teresa Harrison, PhD and Michelle Lowry, PhD, discuss how firms can navigate this challenge effectively.

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Collaboration in Crisis: Questions Nonprofit Boards Should Be Asking

Teresa Harrison, PhD discusses how collaboration and coordination between nonprofits becomes more critical in trying times and how board members can play a key role in identifying new opportunities.

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Steering Towards Survival: How Nonprofit Boards Can Lead Their Organizations Through COVID-19

Patricia Connolly and Teresa Harrison speak with Anne Wallestad, president and CEO of BoardSource, on how nonprofit boards can provide the crucial leadership needed to steer their organizations towards survival.

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Pitching your nonprofit’s Unique Value Proposition (UVP) starts with the Board

Valerie M. Jones, CFRE, discusses the value of securing capital using the nonprofit’s UVP.

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Impact Investing and CDFIs

Although CDFIs have existed for more than thirty years, their recent growth offers new hope for nonprofit organizations seeking access to capital and for foundations seeking impact investments.

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Assets Beyond the Balance Sheet

As assets, a nonprofit’s intellectual property requires governance oversight and thoughtful management as part of the board’s fiduciary duty.

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Nonprofits: Due for Due Diligence

Patricia Connolly, executive director of the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute, emphasizes the value created when boards and investors consider the business of nonprofits.

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The Business of Nonprofits

Academic Director of the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute Teresa Harrison and Executive Director Patricia Connolly discuss reimagining nonprofits to face the unique challenges arising in today’s changing landscape.

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Using For-Profit Language to Think Differently About Nonprofits

Nonprofits face many challenges today that are unique to the sector, but nonprofit organizations are not necessarily as different from their for-profit counterparts as one might think.

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Nonprofit Board Governance: Time for Change?

Why nonprofit boards should act more like their private brethren.

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