Boards and Volunteers
Don't abandon your board members when it comes to their fundraising responsibilities. Help them get there. Show them what to do. Give them training. And have some fun with it all!
The proper role of a board is to expect and demand from staff workable, realistic plans for revenue generation. Both board and staff have a role in implementing these plans.
Charities should motivate their volunteers to strive for their own individual Triple Crown Award each fiscal year, which represents a new season. Instead of baseball terms, the charities should seek each individual engagement in the areas of time, talent and treasure.
Personal thank-you calls are a way to put board members to work, even if they're nervous about asking for money. No soliciting required; these are for stewardship only.
Stopping a downward spiral is doable — but not without investing time and effort, and enduring some short-term pain.
You have to ask your board members to pull in their networks and introduce your organization to everybody they know.
What is the the No. 1 fundraising skill your board members need to master? It's not what you think!