How Board Members Can Help Increase Donations by 39%

How Board Members Can Help Increase Donations by 39%

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If you are serving as a nonprofit board member, I'm sure you are often asked to help in fundraising. Here's how you and your fellow board members can help increase donations to your organization by 39% - without having to do any "asking." To…
NO ASK Fundraising Strategies for Board Members

NO ASK Fundraising Strategies for Board Members

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NO ASK fundraising strategies for board members? Is this possible? Often, we find that board members are nervous about the idea of fundraising. They want to help, but shy away from the idea of "asking." We recently shared our favorite list…

10 Fundraising Responsibilities of Every Board Member

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What are the fundraising responsibilities of board members of a nonprofit organization? Above all, board members carry the legal responsibility for the fiduciary care of their nonprofit. In that vein, it's their responsibility to ensure that…

New Year’s Resolutions for Board Members

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New Year - New Outlook. Time to sharpen up a positive outlook for 2021. This post is updated from earlier years - but it is so popular that I'm updating with a 2021 twist! Here are some ideas for nonprofit board members - to remind…

7 Rules for Successfully Soliciting Board Members

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Are you ready for something that happens every year-end - soliciting board members for their annual gifts? We get many questions about how to set this delicate process up for success, so here are our recommendations. We originally…

Board Chairs: How to Fire Up Your Board with a Call to Action

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Here's a call to action for all board chairs! You have a big job. Especially these days.  Many organizations are facing major decisions - about funding, staffing, service delivery - and everything else. As we said two weeks ago, a…

A Small Goal and A Small Vision Won’t Cut It In This Environment

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Okay, forewarning - this is a bit of a rant. Prepare yourself for some tough love, some hard truths, and some tangible takeaways to keep your organization on the right track during this pandemic! Trust me, a small vision won't cut it. Nonprofits…
5 Ways Board Members Can Boost Your Virtual Year-End Campaign

5 Ways Board Members Can Boost Your Virtual Year-End Campaign

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This year, your year-end fundraising campaign may look a little different. With social distancing still the norm for many people, you'll be using digital tools and direct mail, with no personal visits or gatherings. You need your board…

Board Members: How to Approach Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

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If you’re a board member serving an institution or organization, you are probably dealing with many challenging decisions in this time of crisis. This is a difficult time for everyone and board decision-making is not easy. Your organization…

Nonprofit Board Members: Leadership Tips for Uncertain Times

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  As a nonprofit board member, you have much to deal with right now, as you might in any time of crisis. It’s a tough position to be in, because board membership carries a lot of responsibility. The board is the legal authority…

Give Board Members Something to Say-Help Them Become Personal Advocates for Your Cause

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If you are a board member for a nonprofit, we imagine that you're excited and passionate about your favorite organization. We're willing to bet that you joined the board because you really, really believed in the cause. It meant a…

New Year’s Resolutions for Board Members

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It's the New Year - and it's a great time to make smart resolutions for the future! This post is updated from posts I wrote in 2018, 2017 and 2015. It's a perennial favorite with my readers - so we've updated it again for 2020! Here…

What role should board members play in major gifts fundraising?

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Many people ask this question: what is the best role for board members in major gifts fundraising? Are board members supposed to be out there making asks? Are they supposed to open doors and make introductions? How are they supposed…

How to Fire-Up Your Board’s Energy in 10 Minutes

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Do you ever wish you could fire-up your board's energy? Wouldn't it be wonderful to have all your board members enthusiastic and excited about their role? Just think what you might be able to accomplish with a fired-up group of well-connected,…

How to Appreciate Your Fundraising Team

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In the nonprofit sector, it seems many people doing the hard work are not often thanked or appreciated. The fundraising team lavishes attention on supporters. But who remembers those hardworking staffers themselves? Many great fundraisers…

Why You Should Invest in Your Organization’s Infrastructure

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How important is your organization’s infrastructure? Just consider: infrastructure is the fuel that makes everything run. If you are trying to heal the sick, feed the hungry, or help the poor, nothing happens without organization…