Powerful Roles for Board Members in Major Gifts Fundraising

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What are the right roles for board members in major gifts fundraising?  We find that many board members are quite nervous about being involved with major gift fundraising - especially the ask. Since many board members have little experience…

What’s the Math? 3 Questions Your Board Members Really Need to Know

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Here's how to bring fundraising alive - help your board members understand where the money goes and what impact fundraising makes.

From Bored to Blazing: 7 Steps to Get Your Board Reconnected, Reengaged and Enthusiastic

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Take a look for 7 steps to create new energy, excitement and commitment with your nonprofit board. Boards love these ideas!
How Board Members Can Help Increase Donations by 39%

How Board Members Can Help Increase Donations by 39%

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 published…

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

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…