The Case of the Eager Board Member
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I spoke with a successful businessman last week who related to me his recent experience as the board member for a youth charity in the Northwest.
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.
Let's rewind a few years when this organization, a local chapter of a national nonprofit, was in dire financial straits. Fundraising was in the tank. Finances were in tatters. The national chapter was making real noise about pulling the local chapter's charter.
Bill was on the board and urged the group to get serious about reaching out to its supporters. Assignments were made, and board members began asking. The results were nothing less than astounding. In just one year, fundraising totals hit six times the previous all-time high.
So far, so good. A couple of years go by, and a new executive director arrives.
Bill, who gives a sizable cash gift of his own each year, recently offered to provide a simple phone app free of charge to help board members and other volunteers keep track of their calls.
The response took him aback. Seems that in the intervening couple of years, the dysfunctional culture of the past resurfaced. The culture of being comfortable with failure.
Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.
Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.
Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.
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