Boards and Volunteers

What Is Wrong With This Picture?
June 27, 2014

We all make mistakes on a daily basis. The key is knowing when you fail and taking steps not to make the mistake a second time.

Seize the Fundraising Opportunity!
May 28, 2014

Fundraising is a complicated arena because it requires multiple relationships, balancing priorities. But sometimes — like retaining donors — we miss the opportunities right at our feet.

Don't Let New Nonprofit CEOs Stumble in the Honeymoon Stage
May 7, 2014

The honeymoon period for nonprofit CEOs should be magical. It is the best opportunity for them to define themselves, including their vision and values, and paint a bright big picture that board members and other donors can embrace.

The Ideal Size of a Nonprofit Board Is ...
April 9, 2014

Tailor the board size and function to the needs of your organization — not to needs or agendas of individuals. Craft the right size, with the right systems and procedures in place, support the board with the right orientation and training, engage board members in strategic decision making, and lay out their fiduciary role — including fundraising. Then, be sure that you are connected to your board as a whole and individually — and let your board, and your organization, soar!

7 Steps to Avoid a Bobblehead Board!
February 26, 2014

A strong board is an essential ingredient in an organization fulfilling its fundraising potential and its public trust. Here are some steps to avoid a bobblehead board.

An Untapped Gold Mine: Business Networking for Event Fundraising Success
January 15, 2014

Get out of the office! Leave the safety of your cubicle, and join the vibrant world of business networking. This remains a largely untapped gold mine for development and special-event professionals from nonprofit organizations. Business networking provides an open-ended opportunity to cultivate your own connections to facilitate success with your events.

5 Ways to Warm Up Staff and Volunteers to Ask
January 8, 2014

Volunteers and staff usually need warming so that they can effectively make a gift request. They need baby steps. We all need to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. One step at a time. One win at a time. Building confidence and growing to even greater things. Here are some steps to warm up staff and volunteers to effectively secure gifts.