All posts by: Tom (TJ) Abbott

About Tom (TJ) Abbott

Tom (TJ) Abbott, CSP is the Managing Director of AMC NPO Solutions and an authority on Governance. He has over 25 years experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. Tom has also spoken in over 20 countries.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Having awesome board members who are passionate about the organization, but lack the training needed to govern? Had a great chat with my friend Ken Bell about the challenges faced by enthusiastic board members who have to transition to governing their church/association or other nonprofit. This is a common […]

Running a non-profit is hard enough, why make managing your board more difficult than it needs to be? When you use board management software, you can easily eliminate many of the time-wasting management tasks which prevent board members from concentrating on providing effective leadership. Also Read: Membership Management Software Board management software assists board members […]

In this episode of The Strategic Nonprofit Podcast, we have Brenda Southam, the Executive Director of Realestate Institute of British Columbia (REIBC) to talk about what good governance looks like. Brenda is not only the ED of REIBC, she also delivers governance training and facilitates strategic planning sessions for us at AMC NPO Solutions. In […]

On May 4, 2020, the current Lobbyists Registration Act will be changing to the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA). Under the new legislation, not-for-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of their members will now have to register any and all lobbying related to their members’ interests. In addition, the elimination of the threshold for lobbying […]

Introducing The Strategic Nonprofit podcast where we discuss all things related to Not-For-Profit Organizations. In our monthly episodes we cover everything from Board Governance, strategic planning, recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, increasing membership, fundraising, advocacy issues, conflict of interest guidelines, board-staff relations, how to take effective minutes, how to run productive meetings, board […]

Reaching decisions as a non-profit board comes in a variety of formats. A majority vote is a popular choice when a decision needs to be expedited. This method, however, does not always reveal the best solution for the board or the organization and can cause frustration among members. Ranking, scoring, and multiple voting rounds are […]

Over the past decade, the majority of trade associations and Individual Membership Organizations (IMOs) have reported increases in association membership. The average annual increase is a very satisfactory 5%. Not every association is experiencing this same positive boost in membership, however. In the most recent studies, roughly 29% of trade and individual associations experienced a […]

There’s nothing like a quick tip in the form of a strategic planning quote image to put a bit of a pep in your step. Here are our favourite strategic planning quotes. A teeny bit of strategy but a whole lot of execution and a whole lot of implementation. Think about that 50, 25 and 10. […]