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.

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. […]

Here’s an infographic on how to handle possible conflict of interest at your organization. We call it the 4Rs of Handling Conflict of Interest. A meeting can be the most effective way of unleashing the creative energy, the imagination, and the hands on ability of volunteers and staff. Or a meeting can be the most […]

In the Complementary Mode of Board Governance, there are 3 types of committees or task forces. One is a Policy Task forces, Board Statutory Committees and CEO Working Committees. Policy Task Forces are there for one purpose and one purpose only, it’s to basically look at the feasibility of something. Explore an issue. Should we […]

Nonprofit Board Governance Models If you’ve ever wondered what the fundamental differences are between the Nonprofit Board Governance Models: Traditional, Policy (Carver) and Complementary Models of Board Governance, we have broken down the differences for you in the below comprehensive chart. Also Read: 6 Tips for Dealing With an Indecisive Board What is Governance? Whether […]

At the recent CSAE Conference 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, I spoke on The Complementary Model of Board Governance and polled the room of over 20 Executive Directors on insights into their associations. Here are the results which give us a peek into 2019 Board Governance trends from a small group of associations across Canada. Share […]