Category Archives: Board Development

Why Every Board Needs at Least One Millennial

Millennials have been skewered in the media as selfish, lazy, and apathetic. In 2013, Time magazine declared them as the “Me Me Me” generation. Yet Millennials—defined as individuals born between 1980 and 1996, or those 20-36 years old today—have unique perspectives and skillsets to contribute to nonprofit organizations. Here are three reasons why you should …

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Writing Nonprofit Bylaws: 14 Must-Have Items

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” These infamous words spoken by Benjamin Franklin remind us to take preventative measures. This is especially true when determining how to govern a nonprofit organization. Bylaws are to your organization as the Constitution is to the United States. They detail the procedures an organization …

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14 Strategies for Running an Effective Nonprofit Board Meeting

            ►Issue a notice of the meeting to all board members, including the location, time, and an agenda ►Implement a system for board members to confirm their attendance in advance ►Board chair may distribute a more detailed agenda at the meeting ►Chair should lead with a brief summary of what …

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Does Your Nonprofit Have a Roadmap to the Future?

                  Strategic planning is a process that provides nonprofit organizations with roadmap for the future. It helps you to adjust for challenges that will inevitably occur ahead. Without an overall strategic plan, fundraising and building capacity becomes much more difficult. Surprisingly, however, many nonprofit organizations lack a …

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Get the Most from Your Board! A Checklist for Greater Member Engagement

Your board members are likely very busy people and may serve on multiple boards. So how do you engage them, make the most of their talents, and keep them focused on helping your organization grow?  It’s up to you to aide and communicate to board members their role and responsibilities, including: ►Understanding your plans and …

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Reaching the Board’s Full Fundraising Potential

A Board with a strong fundraising capacity is a key component in driving a nonprofit organization forward. Although Board members are responsible for planning and policy and organizational development, fundraising development can often be the most immediate and needed contribution that they make to a nonprofit organization. Board Fundraising Expectations Board members have four specific …

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Developing a Board of Directors

Board Development – Part 1: Seek and Find Developing a Board of Directors (BOD) can sometimes make you feel that you are on a seek and find mission. All non-profit organizations have at some time during their development struggled with finding persons willing to serve on their BOD. However, some non-profits seem to have mastered …

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Does Your Organization Need to Hire a Development Director?

Determining when to hire a development director is arguably one of the trickiest decisions for a nonprofit. Considerations include the existence of a dedicated fundraising staff, the internal and external capacity of the organization to solicit funding, and the willingness to assess and implement operational changes that a concentrated fundraising commitment potentially requires. Serious analysis …

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