Board

Don’t Expect a Gift From Your Board Member
September 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

You have most certainly experienced the fear of a board member whose term is coming up, and they are one of your best donors. You’re thinking, “How do I get them to continue their giving?” Richard and I would say that is the wrong way to think about this...

The Theory of Change: A Tool for Bringing Board Members Together
August 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

Passion for mission, also known as the dissatisfaction with the status quo, is often described as the driver for what brings individuals to a nonprofit board. But remember, a board consists of individuals, and while years of service can often result in an aligned board being clear about values and interests, a “Theory of Change” exercise is an efficient and effective process and resultant tool for developing a collective “term of agreement...

10 Elements for Leadership Success for a Nonprofit Board
July 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

You have most certainly experienced the fear of a board member whose term is coming up, and they are one of your best donors. You’re thinking, “How do I get them to continue their giving?” Richard and I would say that is the wrong way to think about this. Invoking JFK here for a minute, […]

Benefit or Curse? Nonprofit Board Executive Committees
July 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

Maybe the days for board executive committees should be over. There is little need to give a nonprofit board permission to be less engaged and this is effectively what I pose that executive committees accomplish best...

Paving the Way: Board Member of the Year
June 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

The Navy League of the United States is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the morale of active-duty personnel and their families, informing Congress and the American public of the importance of strong sea services and supporting youth through programs...

AFP International Conference Attendees Share Thoughts on Diversifying Your Board, Donors, Methods
June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

Last month, the NonProfit PRO team attended the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference, which took place in the beautiful city of San Francisco. While we walking around the exhibit area, we saw something that caught our eyes—a diversity board! The Alford Group, a professional consulting partner helping board leaders, organizational management and community…

Find the Right Board Giving Goal for Your Capital Campaign
May 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

What percentage of your campaign goal should your board members give to your capital campaign? Twenty-five percent? Forty percent? Ten percent? Again and again, I’ve seen board members stumble over this question. They want to do what’s right; but really, they have no idea what’s appropriate or more importantly, what’s possible...

Who Is Really Making the Decision?
May 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

As an agency that specializes in helping nonprofit organizations develop their brands, we often get calls from marketing managers or development directors who want to improve how their organizations communicate. It’s natural that they are the ones who reach out to us or are the ones we are put in touch with by a referral source. However, in our initial conversations with them, I ask who will be making the decision about the organization’s brand elements—such as the logo or website—and often I hear, “I will...

Alienate Your Major Donor and You'll Lose Money
May 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

The CEO sought advice from her board members and business advisors on a critical organizational decision she needed to make, got the advice then promptly ignored it and did what she wanted. This always amazes me...