Virtual Cocktail Hour Invite!

Battling with the Board? Frustrated by Fund Raising? Join me for a Zoom Executive Director Cocktail Hour at 5pm Eastern on Thursday, December 20. Bring your own wine and hors d’oeuvres.  I’m your host. Ronald Dale Tompkins. As with all good cocktail hours, I’ll have questions such as who is the most interesting person you… Read More

990 Snooping Sundays – Getting Paid More

No gossip column on 990s can omit the juicy topic of what we’re all getting paid. The 990 tracks highest paid compensation in two places – Part VII, Line 1d on the main form and also Schedule J (There are 16 additional schedules that can accompany the main form and sometimes this is where the… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club – The New Staff Won’t Stay

Did you work harder after you hired more people? The reason to hire more staff is because there is too much work. How can more people create more work instead of less work? Companies go through ‘valleys of death.’ This is commonly described as any nonprofit between $1-6 million in revenue. This is the growth… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club – Job or Job Description?

This weekly club meeting talks about stress that CEOs and Executive Directors feel when employees don’t do the right things at the right times and life gets difficult.  Perfectly happy Directors and Presidents are not eligible for membership. This week, I’m thinking about why employees get the job description and don’t understand the job. Job… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club

This weekly club meeting talks about stress that CEOs and Executive Directors feel when employees don’t do the right things at the right times and life gets difficult.  Perfectly happy Directors and Presidents are not eligible for membership. This week, I want to deal with the stress of the 18-36 month window. ReHire When you… Read More

I can’t Fire Him. I’m Scared!

I had a job search in 1988 and finally got an interview for an executive position. I would be 2nd in command to a leader who planned a five year window for retirement. I was flown to Washington and then Philadelphia for interviews. The interviewers stressed that I would have considerable power. What’s not to… Read More

Are Your Employees Wrecking Your Company?

President Obama said in a recent interview on Face the Nation that the most critical quality for a good President is to form an effective team because the job is simply too big without great support (7/24/2016). His comment is actually the Key Performance Indicator for anybody who is leading a company. Your job is… Read More