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!

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…

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…

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,…

Myths and Realities about Nonprofit Board Members and Fundraising

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There seem to be a lot of myths when it comes to nonprofit board members and fundraising. Staff often expect that board members are supposed to raise money. But board members are not so sure of this – as you probably have experienced. It…

Major Gift Series #6: How to Engage Board Members in Major Gift Fundraising This Year

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Are you wondering how to engage board members in major gift fundraising? It's a tall order.  But, alas, many board members shy away from fundraising, especially with major donors. It's because many volunteers are quite nervous, or…

How to Disrupt Your Board’s View of Fundraising

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Board members and fundraising. These words often don't mix together very well. Board members are generally well-meaning, good hearted people. But when you mention the F-Word (fundraising), many board members shift nervously.  What's…

Rule #10 for Board Members: Make Your Own Proud Personal Gift

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Do board members have an obligation to make personal contributions to their organization? If so, what’s the appropriate amount that board members should give? These two questions can be the topic of rich discussion and even controversy…

Rule #7 for Board Members: Fundraising Profit Builds Up Over Time – Not Overnight!

Where exactly does long term fundraising success comes from? Many board members want to know, so that they can guide their organizations to funding success. Here's the answer:  What we are all after in the nonprofit sector is a lovely…

Rule #1 for Board Members: Fundraising is Based on Relationships With Donors

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Some board members think fundraising is "hitting someone up." But fundraising is so very much more than that! Fundraising, in the very largest sense, is all about making the world a better place. People who don't understand fundraising…

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 Engage Board Members in Fundraising

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  Are you trying to engage board members in fundraising? How about helping with major gift connections? Would you like your board members to open doors to their contacts? Usually everyone answers “yes” to these questions.  But…
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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…

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…