Unite Your Board and Blast Off!
The meeting was scheduled just a few days after our exchange. Mary got back with me to tell me the result. It was as we hoped. That one story created both the invitation and the emotional space for the other board members to share their personal reasons for being there.
Board members learned that they had far more in common than they ever thought. People from disparate backgrounds and viewpoints discovered the underlying passions and heartfelt motives for giving of their time and resources. They've even arranged a board "social" — a first — to share more!
I suspect that this organization is in for a year of unprecedented growth in 2015. It's truly a blessing that it's happened so early in the year. It's one of those New Year's "resolutions" that will really stick!
My thanks to Mary for reaching out and sharing. I extend my best wishes to her and the worthy organization she serves.
Please let me hear from you concerning your particular situation and the difficulties you face in developing sustainable revenue streams. Email me and I'll give you a quick response. I'll choose some of these thorny obstacles to share, along with my insights, in upcoming columns.
An internationally recognized philanthropy and fundraising thought leader, Larry C. Johnson trains the staff and volunteers of worthy causes to achieve real impact through the creation of reliable, growing revenue streams. He emphasizes principles before methods as the key to long-lasting success. He stresses the simple, the practical and the joyful.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles, the premier brand for educational products and services in relational fundraising and philanthropy. The Eight Principles provides digital education, live workshops and structured coaching to nonprofit organizations.
Author of the award-winning book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising," AFP named Larry Outstanding Development Executive in 2010. The Wall Street Business Network ranks him in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the USA. Larry is a graduate of Yale University. Larry speaks widely and serves on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards, including The Philanthropy Council of The Carter Center, the philanthropy of the 39th President of the U.S.