Organizing for Fundraising Success

In this post, I share insights from a board member who has served on smaller, community based organizations. She has several stories. In one volunteer-led organization, she wishes that someone had documented processes to make fundraising easier. She describes two situations where board members did not follow through on their commitments. And finally, she provides an example of a board that paired new board members with experienced board members to do fundraising. This is the fifth in my series of fundraising. In the first of the series, I shared a story about a successful capital campaign where a board member… Read more

Is Your Board Thankful?

Next week is Thanksgiving which got me thinking about thanking. Since I have been doing a series of posts on fundraising, I decided to focus on the role of board members in thanking donors. My first post on fundraising talked about a successful capital campaign and the many ways donors can make a stretch gift. My second fundraising post stressed the importance of connecting your organizations’ values to your fundraising efforts. My last post suggested ways to board members involved in fundraising and the role of the fund development committee chair in this effort. Have Board Members Thank Donors Every… Read more

Effective Fundraising: Staff Does Heavy Lifting

This is my third in a series of posts about the role of the board in fundraising. In this post, a board member describes their role as Fund Development Committee chair. They also broadly address how board members can be involved in fund development and the necessity of having staff do the heavy lifting. In my last post, a board member explains the importance and impact of connecting an organization’s values to their fundraising plan. In the previous post, a board member outlines ways donors can contribute to a successful capital campaign. Board Members Play Different Roles in Different Size… Read more

Fundraising and Values

In my last post, I shared a story about a successful capital campaign where volunteer board members learned the many options for making a stretch gift. In this post, I also share a success story, where a board felt more comfortable about fundraising when the organization’s values were linked to the fund development plan. Fundraising Does Not Have to Undermine Your Values By a Volunteer Board Member Somewhere in the US I have been on many boards and done a lot of fundraising both as a volunteer and as a professional. I was on the board of an organization that… Read more

Fundraising

This post is the first in a series about fundraising. Fundraising is an important responsibility of every board. But it is also a tricky one because most people don’t like to fund raise. I talked to a handful of board members and nonprofit staff to ask them about the role of the board in fundraising. The answers are varied and depend on the size and the age of the organization and the capabilities of staff and board members. Notably – and not surprisingly – when I did outreach for stories about boards in general, I got dozens of stories. But… Read more