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An Open Letter to the Board of Directors

It was nice of you to quickly approve our 2010 budget and my fundraising plan. I thought when you approved it you understood you have some responsibility in our success (and failure.) In case you didn’t notice, the budget calls for the Board to raise 10% of our income. My fundraising plan offers many opportunities for you to participate and I am here to help lead and support your efforts.

Continue Reading December 4, 2015 at 10:15 am 4 comments

An Open Letter to Our Director of Development

We were really excited when we hired you. Mostly because we knew you would do all the fundraising. We thought having a full-time fundraiser on staff would mean we would instantly raise more money. We expected, with your skills, our fundraising events and letters would be more successful than before.

Continue Reading December 3, 2015 at 9:55 am 2 comments

Letter from the President of the Board

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.

Continue Reading November 4, 2015 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Engaging the Board in Fundraising – A Staff’s Guide

So what are the barriers that keep staff from being more successful in engaging board members to fundraise? And how can we increase our chances for success?

Continue Reading July 21, 2014 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Why Do Board Members Give? by Jerry Panas

(1) Belief in the mission of the organization (your service and how you touch lives) and
(2) confidence in your future vision were rated “important” and “very important” by everyone.
It’s my responsibility as a Board member was ranked “important” by virtually everyone— but of interest, very few rated it as “very important.” (Where are we failing in letting board members know it is indeed their very important responsibility?)

Continue Reading January 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Mission Moment Preparedness

In yesterday’s post on Delighting in the Weird, I suggested we create the weird through mission moment preparedness at Board meetings. Mission moment preparedness is all about empowering Board members’ understanding of, engaging in and helping them share the mission – anytime, anywhere, with anyone. The idea is to create and practice scenarios where Board members can get comfortable sharing your mission. I hope we agree mission moments should be a part of every Board meeting – if not you can save some time and stop reading now. 🙂

Continue Reading January 6, 2014 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Nonprofit Board Engagement

Let’s not complicate our work with nonprofit Board members – they can be our best advocates, fundraisers and major donors. Let’s treat them well!

Continue Reading December 18, 2012 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Nonprofit Board Mantra(s)

Nonprofit Board members are our allies.

Let’s treat nonprofit Board members like we treat our best, major donors.

Their sphere of influence will help us raise more money.

They don’t know what they don’t know.

No more “bobble head” Board meetings!

December 14, 2012 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Nonprofit Sacred Spaces and Technology

In the last few years technology has impacted our engagement with our leaders. We are emailing Board members instead of calling them. We send information, Board minutes, agendas, updates electronically. Some nonprofits have established intranets for their Board members to give them access to information any time they want. Question is: Is this helpful to deepening our engagement with these important advisors, donors, leaders and communicating effectively?

Continue Reading September 20, 2011 at 9:45 am 1 comment

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members to Fundraise – Q&A Continued

Continuing the questions and answers from the Pursuant Ketchum webcast Creating a Fundraising Board: Recruitment, Engagement and Fundraising. This post focuses on fundraising expectations from the nonprofit Board.

Continue Reading September 8, 2011 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

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