What Board Members Want Staff to Know
Oct08

What Board Members Want Staff to Know

At a recent workshop with more than 200 nonprofit board and staff members, we did an exercise where board members shared what they secretly wanted staff to know on yellow notes, and staff shared what they wanted board members to know on pink notes. Today and tomorrow, I’ll share the most popular messages with you, starting today with what board members wish they could say to staff. Here are the top three messages I see board...

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Patience is a Virtue – Especially When Dealing with Your Board
Aug22

Patience is a Virtue – Especially When Dealing with Your Board

We are hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and we have chosen the theme “Getting Along with Others.” I know a lot of you have trouble with your board members so please be inspired by Kathy Westra’s patient pursuit to get board approval for a new communications staff member. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kathy Westra of Audubon Naturalist Society The ingredients for great organizational storytelling were all...

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Add These to Your Board Meeting Agenda
Jun03

Add These to Your Board Meeting Agenda

Want your board members to get more involved in marketing and fundraising? Give them jobs they may actually enjoy, and make it happen when they are already planning to give you some of their time: at your board meetings. Here are three agenda suggestions that will take only 10-15 minutes of time. 1. Handwritten Thank You Cards Give each board member in attendance five note cards and assign them five names. If you can supply gift date...

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Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members
Dec18

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

Gail Perry knows how to fire up a board! But first you have to have the right kind of people in place. Gail shares what she looks for in a enlisting board members. If you want to learn more, this Thursday Gail will join us for a Pass Holder webinar called 7 Steps to Enlist and Build Your Dream Team Board. ~Kivi Guest Post by Gail Perry of Fired-Up Fundraising How do you determine who to ask to join the board of your wonderful cause?...

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How to Get Your Board on Board!
Jun27

How to Get Your Board on Board!

Gail Perry is one of my favorite major donor fundraisers and board advisers and her last three blog posts have been full of fabulous advice on getting your board fired up. All of her advice applies to getting people excited to help in other ways too, like with marketing (you know, all that communication in between fundraising asks!) Check out some of what Gail has shared this month: How to Transform Your Board in One Bold Step.  Gail...

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