Inspire your board to take action.
Create renewed vision and passion for the cause. Welcome to our Board Corner – your one stop shop for board resources and development. Whether you are looking for ideas to inspire your board members, guidance on board governance, or need to engage them in fundraising, you’ve come to the right place.
“Gail is that special person who can motivate boards to fundraise by removing their fears and instilling within them with a renewed sense of purpose.”
—Gary McDonald, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, San Deigo CA
The Fired-Up Fundraising board retreat.
Turn your board members’ passion into action.
Let’s give your board members real-world education to help them understand how fundraising works and where they fit in. Our format is lively, experiential, and super engaging. We’ll create a fired-up, engaged board ready to dive into fundraising.
When we finish, your board will be excited about possibilities for your organization. What’s more, they’ll be eager to create the resources to make it happen.
We help every board member find a role in fundraising where they personally can feel comfortable. Gail Perry and her team create deeper discussions about your organization’s and your board’s purpose, helping your board members get re-connected and re-invigorated.
As expert facilitators, we create alignment on goals and agreement among board members. Our board retreats are high-impact, results-oriented and actually enjoyable for all participants!
Tell us what your board needs right now.
Board member resources.
Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action
Gail’s book for boards, praised as “the gold-standard guide for building successful boards.”
Praise for Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action
Charles F. (Chic) Dambach
“Fired-Up Fundraising is honest, realistic, practical, and inspiring. It transforms the whole concept of fundraising from obligation and drudgery into passion and fun. Every CEO, development director, development consultant, and board chair needs to have and use this book.”
—Charles F. (Chic) Dambach, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding Former Senior Consultant, BoardSource
“A breakthrough! Fired-Up Fundraising takes the mystery out of engaging your board in the ongoing work of fundraising. In this well-organized little book, Gail Perry lays out a commonsense, four-step process that will fire up your board and help you meet your fundraising goals, year after year.”
—Mal Warwick, author of How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters
Robert L. Gale
“Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action is by far the best book I have ever read on how to involve board members in the entire process of fundraising, from identifying prospects, cultivating them, and finally making ‘the ask.’ Just as important, it is an invaluable guide on how to select, enlist, train and especially inspire board members so they take ownership of their institutions. Every nonprofit CEO and development officer should read this book.”
—Robert L. Gale, President Emeritus, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and founder of BoardSource (formerly known as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards)
“Gail Perry’s book, Fired-Up fundraising…Turn Board Passion Into Action, is a MUST READ book for all folks who want to develop a real passion for raising money for causes that we care about, with more energy… This is a user friendly book. It should be on every book shelf for research and Development of fundraising.”
—Claudette Weston, Board Member, NC School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
“Gail, You are the best fundraising consultant I have ever met in my 30 years of doing board work! You have greatly helped the organizations I chair: VISIONS, the Wright’s Center, and Make Way Partners. THANK YOU for always being so responsive and on target with all your advice!”
—Louise Coggins, LCSW
“You make fundraising comfortable and fun for our board members. And you energized us all to move in a positive direction. Thank you so much!”
—Michael Lowery, Development Director, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
“Gail, It was such a thrill to see the body language and faces of our board members change from reservation, reluctance, and uncertainty to smiles, laughs, and excitement. You rallied the troops in a way that got them out of their comfort zone, made them tackle those underlying fears, and empowered them to motivate. It was brilliant!”
—Abby Johnston, Director of Development, Saint Mary’s School
“Gail, you scored a home run in the warm, accessible manner you illustrated how each board member can play a key role in fundraising without asking for money.What made this retreat so special was the way you connected not only with the board members, but with the mission of the school. Your presentation was insightful, compelling and, in many ways, transformational. BRAVO!”
—Paul Lerner, Genesis School, Kansas City
“You sure fired our board members up with ideas and a sense of confidence that they can be great “friendraisers” for our organization. Your energy and enthusiasm for fundraising was infectious.”
—Peggy A. Grimes, Executive Director, Montana Food Bank Network
“Our board left your retreat energized, confident and most importantly with a tangible action plan. And we secured two unanticipated great new board prospects in the process. As an Executive Director, your advice has been career changing for me.”
—Molly Matlock, Executive Director, Chatham County Arts Council
“Gail, loved your workshop, your enthusiasm and brilliance for the work and the material you presented. It was right on; and perfectly aligned for the needs of my organization.”
—Stanford Silverboard, member, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington, DC
“We can’t thank you enough! In fact, a new Board member who had never been a supporter wrote came in today and wrote a check for $1,000! I can hardly wait to see what new heights we can reach. I think you did a great job of empowering them to think beyond where we have traditionally gone. I am so grateful.”
—Belle Long, Joel Lane House, Raleigh, NC