Board

Recruit Fundraising-Focused Board Members
April 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Regardless of where you are in the fiscal year, you should be constantly looking for new volunteers and potential board members. These individuals, if chosen correctly, can bring much needed new contacts, finances and open doors for future possibilities to your organization...

Major Giving: 4 Must-Dos for Nonprofit CEOs
March 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

A CEO who is actively interested and engaged in fundraising is critical to attracting transformative philanthropic investment. For CEOs who have a passion for building relationships with donors or who perhaps served as fundraisers earlier in their careers, rolling their sleeves up and jumping into the fundraising fray comes naturally...

Reality (You’ve Got to Deal With It)
March 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

I’ve seen great turnarounds in poor-performing nonprofits. I’ve also seen many fail terribly. To map out a plan for greater mission focus, increased impact, heightened leadership and transformational philanthropic support are invigorating. But to get to that vision, you must first deal with reality—where you are. And that often means making tough decisions...

Culture of Philanthropy: Are You Ready?
March 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

More and more often, we hear this catchy phrase "culture of philanthropy" and how essential it is to high levels of nonprofit fundraising success. Having worked as a staffer for many years, I’m a firm believer. If you want to raise more money and retain more donors, start by looking at your collective mindset toward philanthropy—a culture shift doesn’t start with strategy...

Whose Job Is It, Anyway?
March 1, 2017 at 11:57 am

It's quite interesting from a consulting perspective the wide array of decision-making processes in retaining counsel. In larger organizations that have a budget for resources, including hiring advisors and consultants, hiring consultants is most often a staff decision. And it should be...

3 Key Strategies to a Successful Board
February 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

When I visit with nonprofit leaders—staff and board alike—the need for high performing board members who clearly understand their roles is often the greatest need cited within our field...

10 Creative Tips for Nonprofit Boards of Directors
January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

Congratulations to all the volunteers recently elected to serve a new term on your favorite nonprofit’s board of directors. You’ve obviously shown your service to this nonprofit, and your new position recognizes your hard work. Now what? Well, that depends on how your nonprofit’s board is structured. Hopefully, you’ve been given a good job description…

The 'AAA' Approach to Board Members and Your Capital Campaign
January 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

Whatever you do, don’t assume that your board members know what they are doing. Chance are high that they don’t. Your capital campaign gives you a wonderful opportunity to train them. The stakes are high, and you can develop a small training program just for them. Consider this three-part approach...

How Nonprofits Are Using Junior Boards to Engage Millennials
January 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

Younger and smaller versions of governing boards for not-for-profits are becoming a strong force at Indianapolis-area nonprofits, despite having no voting power. Young professional boards, usually consisting of members ages 21 to 40, vary in size and responsibilities, but the groups are seen as a way to engage Millennials—an age group nonprofit leaders believe they…