Boards and Volunteers

How to Build a Strong Fund Development Committee
August 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

The "warm-body" approach to selecting fund development committee members always fails the diversity and strength test. Far too often, organizations will simply accept those individuals expressing interest without first determining who and what they need to best serve the purpose and expectations of their given committee membership...

Living Your Eulogy Values
May 1, 2015

The best nonprofit points-of-contact with volunteers generally, or volunteer fundraisers specifically, reinforce the idea in that person that they are good. If successful, we help our targets self-identify as being good to the point that they work for free for our nonprofits, donate to our nonprofits and fundraise for our nonprofits.

When Fundraising Gets Caught in the Thick of Thin Things
April 23, 2015

When you reduce philanthropy to a transaction, you've placed yourself in the pool with everyone. Your cause becomes identical to everyone else's. Giving as a quid pro quo definitely has its limits—in any community.

The Case of the Eager Board Member
April 9, 2015

I hear from fundraisers and nonprofit executives alike bemoaning how they wish their board members were engaged and eager to fundraise. I'm sure you've heard it, as well. Bill is eager—or was, that is.

Raise More Money: Don’t Try to Avoid Looking Foolish
February 19, 2015

In communicating with your donors, whether it be a website or mailing — electronic or physical — focus on the relationships. Risk a little. Risk looking foolish. Make your investors smile. They'll love you for it. When you ask them to step up their support, they'll sense the human connection and respond.

7 Deadly Sins of Fundraising
January 28, 2015

A campaign to encourage board giving had too many foundational principles that were violated. Here are the seven deadly sins of fundraising committed, sins you can avoid by following fundraising best practices.

Looking for Donors? It's Inside Out
January 22, 2015

Nonprofit boards should conduct peer solicitations of themselves annually. Doing so both raises the commitment levels of individual board members and raises board giving to a higher level. What's more, there's the real possibility that at least some members of the board will move from being merely donors to become investors — those supporters who are emotionally committed to the ongoing success of the organization.

Fundraising: It's Not the Pitch
January 21, 2015

Major-gifts fundraising isn't about "the pitch." It's not about a presentation. It is about having a meaningful conversation with prospective donors to see if they share your values, mission and vision — aspirations to make a difference.