Wake up your fundraising by re-invigorating your board members.
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Soliciting the board is an art. Make sure, of course, that members are asking each other and that you are not visibly involved. Let them know that all board gifts need to be in by a certain date. Loudly report at each meeting where you stand with all board members making gifts.
TEN: Find easy roles for everyone to be successful.
Set your board members up to win. Never, ever send them out on cold calls. Instead, take them on donor thank-you visits. Have them write or call donors to thank them. Give them a cultivation assignment at your next big event.
Gail Perry is the founding principal of Perry & Associates, a Raleigh, N.C.-based fundraising training and consulting firm. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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E Gail Perry Author's page Gail believes in parties first, rabble-rousing second, and having fun while changing the world. Gail Perry CFRE is an international fundraising coach, speaker, trainer and thought-leader. She is a leader in a new breed of fundraisers who are on the cutting edge of fundraising today. Her Fired-Up Fundraising approach, developed over the past 25 years as a nonprofit philanthropy expert, has helped organizations raise hundreds of millions in gifts. Gail's practical and refreshing approach to raising money in today's world is based on the very latest innovative fundraising strategies. An inspirational and popular speaker, she leads energizing fundraising workshops and board retreats around the globe. She particularly enjoys working with nonprofit board members, introducing them to a new perspective on fundraising and ways they can be successful at it. Gail's book, Fired-Up Fundraising, has been called the "gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards." Gail got her start in fundraising at Duke University, and then went on to lead fundraising at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can read Gail's weekly blogs at FiredUpFundraising.com, and also find her provocative articles at FundraisingSuccess, Guidestar, and Capital Campaign Magic.