5 Fundraising Mistakes We Make With Our Boards

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Are you making fundraising mistakes with board members? Is fundraising something your board members avoid? Hope not! But this IS a perennial challenge for fundraisers and CEOs, too. But board members often are scared to death of…

How to Get Your Board Members To Help Identify Major Gift Prospects

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Sometimes when board members are asked to help identify major gift prospects, it can be uncomfortable. Here's why: Board members often don't want to share names of people they know because they're afraid they will be asked to "hit up"…

7 Rules for Successfully Soliciting Board Members

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Are you getting ready for something that happens every fall - soliciting board members for their annual gifts? I'm getting questions from a lot of colleagues about how to set this delicate process up for success. Here's my approach: Soliciting…
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Board Members: Some Ideas About Fundraising That Might Surprise You!

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If you are a nonprofit board member, does this sound familiar? Your organization needs more financial resources. And you are not sure which path to take: Should you: Help launch another fundraising event? Invite your friends people…

How to Create a Fundraising Action Plan for Your Board

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Board members are naturally nervous about fundraising. But there are ways to calm them down and make fundraising fun for them. No kidding! Here's how: set them up to do fundraising jobs that DON'T involve soliciting. Tell them…

Myths and Realities of Board Members and Fundraising

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How do YOUR board members feel about fundraising? Not enthusiastic, I'll bet! One of the biggest myths around is that board members should be willing and able to raise money. We wish! But here's the reality:  Most board members…

Your Board Members Can Become “Door Openers.” Here’s How!

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What would you MOST love your board members to do? Many nonprofit ED's tell me that  - of all possible things - they wish their board members would simply open doors. That's all. Just open doors. But what happens when you ask board members…

Unleash Your Board Members’ Energy for Fundraising

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  Do you want to unleash your board members' energy for fundraising? Fundraising is often a huge pain point with many nonprofit board members. And it's a pain point for many fundraising staff members too.  Staffers all want…

12 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings – And Your Board

If your board meetings are regarded as an unpleasant obligation, it's time to bring a fresh perspective: board meetings are an opportunity to exchange ideas, resolve issues and deepen commitment. Here are 12 great ways to rethink your approach…

How to Screw Up Your Fundraising – Easy Steps to Financial Ruin

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Could the greatest challenges to fundraising success be coming from INSIDE your organization? The nonprofit world has been abuzz recently about a disturbing report detailing many internal challenges facing many nonprofit fundraising programs. The…

How to Transform Your Board in One Bold Step

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Everybody wishes they had a more powerful, more connected, more engaged board. Right? Here is the story of my favorite organization, Lillian’s List, and how we transformed our board with a Dream Team group of new board members. Here's…

5 Tips for a Happier and More Effective Board

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1. Lighten up. Don't make the experience of your board members something that is dreary and dragging. Help them enjoy their experience. Happier board members are more committed and more productive. You may know my number one…

Don’t Be a Fundraising Dinosaur: 5 Big Ideas to Adopt Right Now

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Here are more provocative nuggets from the recent AFP International Conference in Vancouver. I just couldn't resist sharing these "status-quo" challenges! Here's my challenge: Take this list to your next board meeting. Ask your…

Why Friendraising Works Better Than Fundraising

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Ok, I’m presenting a revolutionary concept today. And this idea just might have gotten me thrown out of fundraising ten years ago. But now, I really do think that the fundraising profession may be more open to this idea. We’re…

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

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How do you determine who to ask to join the board of your wonderful cause? If you really want to enlist a Dream Team Board, look for folks with these qualities. And if you’d like a recruitment guide - you can use my 24-page Recruit…

How to Stop Meddling Board Members

Last week I heard two people suggest that many Executive Directors don’t really want their board members engaged. Why? Because they are afraid their board members will “meddle.” What do I mean by meddling? It’s when a well-meaning…