National Association of Nonprofit
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“Your Role & NANOE - 30 Questions & Answers”

NANOE has released a new FAQ named Your Role & NANOE – 30 Questions & Answers. This document was prepared to assist you as you consider your recent nomination to NANOE’s 2017 Board of Governors.

You can complete the nominations process by clicking on the NANOE Nominations Tab in the upper left-hand corner of this page (Please disregard this suggestion if you've already completed the acceptance process and received your press release notification.)

Again, thank you for your consideration.

1What is NANOE’s mission?
NANOE is where charity goes to grow and ensures leaders tasked with building capacity have the resources they need to accomplish their important work. NANOE is the only unifying membership association for individuals seeking credentials in the art of charitable capacity-building. NANOE has taken on the herculean task of issuing a new set of governing guidelines that amplifies nonprofit effectiveness. Visit www.NewNonprofitGuidelines.com to learn more.
2I’m interested but not sure about the cost? Do I have to be a member of NANOE to serve on the Board of Governors.
Yes. Governors are members in good standing of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. NANOE provides its members hundreds of capacity-building tools and resources to grow their organizational mission. Annual Dues are as low as $100 per year depending on the level of membership chosen. (Visit here for NANOE’s Membership, Credentialing & Best Practice Program Guide.)
3Is NANOE a charitable organization?
Yes. NANOE is the culmination of a multi-year effort by National Development Institute (NDI) and Clemson University (CU) to empower charity to address issues, causes and problems of scale. NANOE is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)3 public benefit charity incorporated by its Board of Directors in Washington, D.C.
4I received an email from Charlotte Lunsford Berry. Who is Charlotte?
Charlotte Berry is the co-chair of NANOE’s Board of Governors Nominations Committee. For over six decades, Philanthropist Charlotte Berry has championed the displaced, disenfranchised and disaffected peoples of our Nation and world. Her personal giving and service to the national boards of the United Way of America, the American Red Cross, National Development Institute, Women in Philanthropy (and dozens more) have earned her the title “America’s Volunteer” which she uses to inspire others to greater personal service to important causes and people in need.
5I received an email from Kathleen Wilson Robinson. Who is Kathleen?
Dr. Kathleen Robinson is co-chair of NANOE’s Board of Governors’ Nominations Committee. Dr. Robinson retired in 2009 from Clemson University where she was a Research Professor and Director of the Center on Neighborhood Development within the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life which was then under direct supervision of the Vice President of Research and Public Service. See her bio at the end of the Guidelines document. Dr. Robinson is recognized around the world “as one of the most important charitable thought-leaders of the modern era.” She is recognized internationally as an expert in 501(c)3 sector development and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and consulted with governments, private sector and NGOs in 151 countries over the years. Her command of the history, formation of the charitable sector, and nonprofit capacity building is part of the basis for NANOE’s certification program which she currently coordinates on a volunteer basis during NANOE formation stage. Kathleen prepared the initial draft of New Guidelines for Tomorrows Nonprofit for NANOE.
6What is the purpose of the Board of Governors?
NANOE’s Board of Governors will oversee one important yet manageable task. NANOE Governors will establish, organize and confirm a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building. Governors will review, expand and/or redact 60 key practices revealed in “New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit” ensuring a new set of competencies emerge that increase charitable impact.
7Is NANOE’s Board of Governors a board of directors?
No, NANOE's Board of Governors is a working group only and is NOT a board of directors. NANOE’s Board of Governors have no fiduciary oversight or legal responsibilities.
8Why is this working group called a Board of Governors?
Issuing new key practices must have the weight of an esteemed group of people undergirding the process. NANOE's Board of Governors will oversee the formal codification of a new set of governing guidelines that transform the sector. The name "Board of Governors" was chosen because it accurately represents the gravity of this responsibility and ensures participants doing the work are properly honored.
9Why was I nominated to the Board of Governors?

Your name was submitted to the Nominations Committee because you spend your vocational or volunteer time as a…

  1. ...Staff Member, Senior Executive or Consultant at a for-profit company that provides products or services to charitable organizations.
  2. ...Staff Member, Senior Executive or Consultant at a government agency that serves the human welfare, education, healthcare, arts, animals, environmental and/or public benefit sectors.
  3. ...Staff Member, Senior Executive or Board Member at a foundation or corporation that makes gifts or grants to charitable organizations.
  4. ...Staff Member, Senior Executive or Consultant, Donor, Volunteer or Board Member at a nonprofit organization that serves the human welfare, education, healthcare, arts, animals, environmental and/or public benefit sectors.
10How many people will serve on the Board of Governors?
The original working group determined that a credible peer review of New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit will require at least 1,000 participants. Contributions from a wide-array of industry professionals from all stations within the public, private and charitable sectors will be required. Vendors, CEOs, staff members, administrators, donors, board members and clergy who work or volunteer in the human welfare, education, healthcare, arts, animals, environmental and/or public benefit sectors have been nominated.
11I’d like to learn more. May I give you a phone call?
NANOE’s office hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm EST. We are able to return calls but hope to respond to your inquiries by providing a superior online web platform, comprehensive program guides and email responses.
12I’m interested but not sure I have the time. How many hours will I have to invest to make this work?

Stephen F. Covey’s seventh habit “sharpen the saw” means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. Joining NANOE’s Board of Governors provides you a continuing education experience worthy of your tenure and will meaningfully contribute to your balanced program of self-renewal. Your time investment will be small yet important and will be limited to:

  1. Read & Review – You’re invited to read and review New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (57 pages). Your complimentary copy is available at www.NewNonprofitGuidelines.org
  2. 2hr Teleconference - You and your fellow governors are invited to participate in a two-hour teleconference to prepare for Convention & Expo.
  3. Convention Working Groups – Your continuing education experience will be led by best practice experts in Columbia, SC in March 2017 where you will finalize NANOE’s New Guidelines. (Generously discounted event passes are provided to Governors who attend Convention & Exposition.)
  4. Online Voting – Your convention work will be incorporated into NANOE’s New Guidelines and re-submitted to you for final review and vote via online ballot.
13Do I have to attend Convention to be a Governor?
No, some Governors will contribute to this important project but may not be able to attend the Convention & Expo in March 2017.
14How do I personally benefit by joining the Board of Governors?
  1. Continuing Education - Members of the Board of Governors experience an education challenge worthy of their tenure led by accomplished best practice experts.
  2. Super Networking - Members of the Board of Governors become connected to the industry champions who challenged the status quo and ushered in a new era of sector transformation.
  3. Governors Service Award - You will be the recipient of NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors Service Award and are encouraged to reference this achievement in your curricula vitae.
  4. Guidelines Publishing Credit - You will be publicly recognized with a publishing credit in the final printed guidelines to be distributed to over 700 networks and associations.
  5. Discount Convention Pass - 2-Day Convention & Expo Access Pass will be made available to you for only $198 (50% discount.) Regular member rate is $398 non-member is rate $498.
  6. Convention Honors – You will be issued a Governor’s Medallion to be worn prominently during convention and will receive VIP treatment and rewards in gratitude for your service.
15Who nominated me?

The working group spent a full year compiling a list of prospective Governors. Nominations were suggested to NANOE’s nominations committee from members of AFP, CFRE, AHP, ASAE, CASE, United Way, National Development Institute, Nonprofit Associations, Industry Associations, and other community leaders. The working group compiled a final list of nominees in May 2016. This list was submitted to the Nominations Committee in June 2016. Nominees were notified July 7, 2016.

Though many nominations were submitted by individual leaders it is probable your name was submitted to the Nominations Committee by the working group based on the research they performed over a twelve-month period.

16I don’t work for a nonprofit. Am I still invited to serve?
Yes. The process of organizing a new set of guidelines will require leaders from all sectors of civil society including government, for-profit businesses, corporations, foundations and nonprofits.
17When will this process be complete?
The working group will retitle New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit as New Guidelines for Today’s Nonprofit to be distributed to 700 outlets by Fall 2017.
18Can I nominate someone else to serve on NANOE’s Board of Governors?
Yes. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
19I received an email that was meant for someone else. May I still be nominated?
Yes. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
20I’ve changed jobs and now work at a different organization. May I still join the Board of Governors?
Yes. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
21The email I received was sent to another person. I now hold their position. May I join the Board of Governors in their stead?
Yes. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
22NANOE is based in the United States. I live in a different country. Am I eligible to join the Board of Governors.
Yes. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
23How many people from the same agency can serve on the Board of Governors?
Many. There are no limits in place. Please click on the Nominations Tab at the top of this page in the upper left-hand corner to start the process.
24Where can I get more information on the original working group that organized New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofits?
25How can I receive more information on how to become a member of NANOE?

Innovation never fears a challenge

NANOE members believe that “innovation never fears a challenge” and that the greatest contribution nonprofit practitioners can make to charity is to become the creative enterprise-leaders our sector so desperately needs.

NANOE is the only nationwide membership organization in the U.S. for Executives seeking credentials in the art of nonprofit capacity-building. Practitioners who hold a prestigious NANOE credential are “best practice” experts who grow charitable enterprise and discover new ways to advance the common good.

Charity has been paralyzed by a set of failed “best practices” that turned the Non-Profit Sector into a Non-Growth Sector decades ago. Present day systems were established in the late 1950’s by industry associations that knowingly persist in methodologies detrimental to the general public. Einstein’s well-known axiom, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” accurately informs our present state.

NANOE, a 501(c)3 corporation and its Board of Governors have unveiled a new and growing set of capacity-building “best practices” that empower nonprofits in ways previously thought to be impossible. These approved techniques are based on field tested university research and have been designed for nonprofit leaders who have a passion to grow their mission. NANOE Practitioners, Organizations & Enterprise Members are eligible to receive the following credentials and/or certifications:

Nominees, please click on the resources below to learn more