"Raising" Your Board
Most likely, your board members will default to the “golden rule” and put in as much effort as board members as you put into them. Take time each week to give them updates, remind them to send those appeal letters to their friends, and let them lead the process of reaching out to their networks. The more involvement they have in the business, the more respect they will have for your process.
While it might be stressful and there will be growing pains, when all is said and done, your board will be strong, understand your institution as a whole, and be willing to do its part to get your organization where it needs to be.
Nicolas Gaudreau is the director of development for Church Street School for Music and Art in New York City.