Are You Bored With Your Board?
In summary, as a staff member and leader of a foundation or fundraising board, take responsibility and be proud of your board. Take members on road trips to see similar, best-of-class organizations, and have your board members meet their peers from other organizations to share successes. And while you are a paid staff member, volunteer in other organizations to acquire greater insight on what volunteers need and want.
Write a booklet for board members that includes everything they need to know about the organization and what they’re supposed to do. Provide a master calendar, financial goals and objectives, and strive to continually engage board members in the organization.
Your goal is to make volunteers shine while you stand in the shadows. It is all about relationships! Use foundation/fundraising board meetings to rally enthusiasm. Know your board, and make sure board members know you. Conduct an annual needs assessment for your board members. Take steps to keep their perception of your fundraising program as strong as possible.
The bottom line: Do whatever you can to make your board members and organization successful, or they may get bored with you!
F. Duke Haddad is president of Duke Haddad & Associates. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duke Haddad, Ed.D., CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis. He also serves as president of Duke Haddad and Associates LLC and is a freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO since 2008.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration plus a dissertation on donor characteristics. He received a master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis on public administration plus a thesis on annual fund analysis. He secured a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) with an emphasis on marketing/management. He has done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
Duke has received the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. He also was given the Outstanding West Virginian Award, Kentucky Colonel Award and Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, for his many career contributions in the field of philanthropy. He has maintained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation for three decades.