Thoughts on Nonprofit Leadership

How to Engage Board Members board relations for executive directors relationship building

     How engaged are your board members? According to a Boardable survey, 50 percent of respondents said that they felt more passionate and engaged about the importance of their work on a board or for a nonprofit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While 24 percent of respondents...

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How to Help Board Members Measure Up board relations evaluation for executive directors

     According to BoardSource, fundraising tops the list of board challenges, as it has since they first started collecting these data in 1994. In multiple studies, fundraising ranks first among board areas needing improvement.

     According to data from an Evelyn...

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How to Find Good Board Members board relations for executive directors relationship building

     You may look forward to board meetings as much as a visit to the dentist. In my experience, most board members are good people who know next to nothing about nonprofit governance. Yet, your board is the most valuable leadership asset your nonprofit has. Board members teach the...

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How to Overcome Board Fundraising Resistance board relations for executive directors

As I state in The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System, “Fundraising is a charged word, and there are different perceptions of what it means. Many of them are negative and tinged with the fear of asking for money. Board members are no different. In my experience, most board members...

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How To Get Board Members to Take Their First Fundraising Step board relations for executive directors

As I muse in my latest book The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System:

Ever heard anything like the following from your board members? I have.

  • “If we could only get more grants.”
  • “Agency X raised $100,000 through its event. Why can’t we do the same thing?”
  • ...
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To Get Board Members to Fundraise, Help Them Lead by Example board relations for executive directors

Actions speak louder than words. As we pointed out in Overcoming Why Board Members Don’t Fundraise, one of the reasons why board members don’t engage in raising funds is they don’t have a good role model to learn from. And people need role models. If you expect your board to...

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To Get Board Members to Fundraise, Give Them Tasks that Result in Appreciation board relations for executive directors

We all want to be acknowledged and appreciated. It is a human need to be recognized and validated. You can meet that need by incorporating opportunities for board members to be thanked for their efforts when you design your fundraising program.

Your Personal Efforts

You, as an executive director,...

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To Get Board Members to Fundraise, Engage Them in Creating Transformations board relations for executive directors

To really excite your board about fundraising, focus on a transformational fundraising strategy rather than a transactional one. If your board is reluctant to fundraise, you may be giving board members transactional fundraising tasks to oversee, like asking for money and monitoring revenues....

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A Fundraising Role Board Members Don’t Mind board relations for executive directors

Board members may resist fundraising. They may see raising money as solely management’s responsibility, not knowing their proper role. Or they get caught up in all operational details involved in planning and executing fundraising activities and don’t understand why the development...

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