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Protecting Your Directors
by Richard C. Onsager, Onsager, Werner & Oberg, P.L.C.

The Arizona statutes provide special protection for “volunteers” of nonprofit corporations.  A volunteer is immune from civil liability for an act or omission resulting in damage or injury if two requirements are satisfied.  First, the volunteer must have acted in good faith and within the scope of the volunteer's official functions and duties for the nonprofit corporation.  Second, the damage or injury must not have been caused by willful, wanton or grossly negligent misconduct by the volunteer.

The protection applies to volunteers of “nonprofit corporations,” governmental entities, and certain other organizations.  For these purposes, a nonprofit corporation means any tax-exempt organization.  Not all corporations that are classified as nonprofit corporations for state-law purposes are tax-exempt.  However, most trade associations are exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

A volunteer is defined as a person who performs services for a nonprofit without compensation other than reimbursement of actual expenses. The term includes a volunteer who serves as a director, officer, trustee or direct service volunteer.  The key point here is that the person must serve without compensation, other than reimbursement for actual expenses.  If a director receives an honorarium, per diem, or similar payment as compensation for serving on the board, the director will not be treated as a volunteer for these purposes.  Before an association agrees to compensate its directors, it should consider the impact the payment will have on the protection the board members receive as volunteers under the Arizona statutes.



What Makes a Great Leader?

by Suzanne Lanctot, CAE, SOS-Association Management Solutions

What do Alexander the Great, Alfred the Great and Catherine the Great all have in common? They were all considered to be great leaders – what made them great?

Alexander the Great
had incredible success as a military commander, due to his bold strategy, his ability to vary his tactics, and the loyalty of his troops. He was described as perceptive, logical and shrewd. He had a great thirst for knowledge, a love for philosophy and was an avid leader. I’m sure having Aristotle himself as his personal mentor had its advantages.

Alfred the Great was described as open-minded, an advocate for education, and an exceptional listener. He had a reputation as an educated, knowledgeable and merciful man. He improved the legal system, military structure and the quality of life for his people.

Catherine the Great
had a reputation as a benefactor of the arts, literature, and education. Russia was revitalized under her reign and was recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. She was described as courageous, intelligent, logical, optimistic and ambitious.

What qualities do they all have in common? Strategy, ambition, courage; knowledge and education; perception, logic; and the respect and admiration of the people around them.

In my life, I can recall a few leaders who really made a positive impact. And all of those leaders shared the following qualities:
Commitment to the truth
Cultivate wisdom and education
Lead by example
Clarity of purpose and cause, shared vision
Consistency with decisions
Willing to make sacrifices, willing to take risks
Creative thinker, self-aware, perceptive
Vulnerability and humility
Listening and good communication
Integrity and strong moral character
Ability to innovate, adapt and collaborate; build relationships
Passion and inspiration
Encourage input, be open to change, empower people, team player

Leadership is asking questions, building teams, building trust, and equipping others to lead. Leadership requires confidence, creativity, compassion, conviction, consistency, and the ability to influence others. BEING a leader is about building relationships and inspiring and engaging others. 

In nonprofits and associations, we use the term servant leader, which “focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.” https://www.greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership/ 

A servant leader should have the following qualities:
Ability to listen effectively
Empathy, perceive others circumstances and points of view
Awareness of self and others
Healing influence, purpose and intention
Commitment to the growth of people and self
Building community, building trust
Persuasion and influence, attunement to others
Conceptualization, helping to shape the vision
Strategic foresight, envisioning the future
A culture of stewardship, caring for others

Those of us privileged to serve in the nonprofit sector should strive to apply these qualities of leaders and servant leaders in our daily lives when dealing with family and friends, bosses and co-workers, colleagues, constituents and the general public.
We may not get the term "the great" behind our names, but we should strive to be “great” at what we do.

Certification Opportunity - ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute

Receive a Nonprofit Management Certificate, presented in part by BeachFleischman PC, through the ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute. This certificate is designed to meet the professional needs of today’s nonprofit professional. Courses are engaging and taught by industry professionals, providing you with techniques that can immediately be implemented in your nonprofit organization.
Certificate is awarded after the completion of 8 courses, offered both online and in-person.

NMI 102 Maximizing Human Potential in Nonprofits
NMI 103 Effective Financial Management Principles
NMI 104 Engaging and Developing Volunteers
NMI 105 High Impact Leadership 
NMI 106 Optimizing Nonprofit Resource Fund Development
NMI 108 Analyzing for Program Impact
NMI 111 Impactful Board Governance
NMI 112 Emerging Marketing and Social Media Strategies

Courses can be taken in any order. You decide how quickly you want to complete the program. Each course is $300, or purchase all 8 courses for $2150.

ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute offers a $200 Joyce and Walter Winston Scholarship, apply for scholarship here.

To learn more, or register for courses, visit the ASU Lodestar website.

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