Letter from the President of the Board

04/11/2015 at 11:00 Leave a comment


Dear Fellow Board Members,

Thank you for your willingness to join me in service to this organization. I know your time and expertise is valuable and I want you to know how important it is to our success as volunteer leaders. We are fortunate to have experienced and dedicated staff who support our work.

I am writing to ask for support beyond your time and talent. It is important that every Board member contribute financially to our organization. This is essential for a number of reasons. As leaders, we need to set the pace and example for others to follow. Our fundraising staff needs to show corporate and foundation donors we, as a Board, are supporting the organization work fully.

Last year, the average annual gift from the Board was $2,500. I am asking everyone on the Board to make the best gift they can. One that makes you proud to serve as a Board member. A gift, when listed in our Annual Report, will make you proud. A gift that represents one of your top three contributions you make this year. Our Executive Director and I will be calling to schedule a meeting with you to ask for your gift. You need to know how important this is – you are our most important donors. We are committed to have all Board commitments in hand by the end of this month and look forward to talking with you. I have attached our Board pledge form so you can review your giving options before we meet.

In addition to our personal, annual gifts to this organization, we have responsibility to help raise funds from the community. Our Director of Development prepared and submitted a fundraising plan and budget. We discussed and approved it. Now it is time for us to assist in reaching these fundraising goals. I am asking every Board member to:

  • Buy and sell at least one table to our annual gala
  • Open the door to at least two corporate partners – including your own company
  • Provide a list of potential donors to our annual campaign
  • Work with our fundraising staff on major gift outreach by attending meetings with 2-5 prospects or donors
  • Assist as a host for donor outreach during our Annual Meeting
  • Make sure your matching gift paperwork is filed if appropriate

Throughout the year, we will be talking about these activities and providing tools you can use to make the process simple. I ask that you respond promptly to help us in reaching our common goals.

Please know, I am here to lead by example, help the Board and the organization succeed in all we do and/or learn through our challenges. I know you are here for the right reasons and, again, thank you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I will be happy to talk with you.

Best regards,

President of the Board

cc: Executive Director and Director of Development

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