Posts Tagged "Board Orientation"

Encore Ideas – Scavenger Hunt for New Board Members

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Board Development, Featured, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Encore Ideas – Scavenger Hunt for New Board Members

Some ideas are worth re-presenting and re-considering as time and wisdom begin to shape them even further. This week, I’m thinking about board orientations – so-called “onboarding.” I’ve written about this before (See Rethinking Board Orientations). But in the last few years, I’ve met many more board members than I knew then, and my impressions have helped shape and further refine my thinking. Here’s the gist: Let’s say that we want board members who are fully prepared to make the strategic, critical, and wise decisions we ask of them at every meeting. Let’s also admit that we rarely find...

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Q&A from my In-Box

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Membership, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Q&A from my In-Box

Q&A from my In-Box

Q: Currently I’m working with an organization that has developed a constituent list largely based on randomly adding persons from various lists. It has become cumbersome and time consuming to manage since many of the persons on the list have no notes of association and haven’t participated in any way. There are 13,000 people on the list with about 750 who have made donations since the list’s inception. Where do you begin to draw the line or make the list manageable and efficient? -Michele R.   A: The 13,000 person list you describe is often called a “house file.” At...

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Shouldn’t My Time Count? I’m an Attorney!

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Board Development, Development Audit, Featured, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shouldn’t My Time Count? I’m an Attorney!

Shouldn’t My Time Count? I’m an Attorney!

One of the more common entry points for me when working with new organizations is a Development Audit. The audit is an assessment of everything an organization is doing to raise money. And one of the standard features of my Development Audits is an analysis of Board giving. Generally speaking, we want board members to lead in giving, and I routinely measure that leadership support and report it back to the board. So imagine my surprise when I ran the analysis for one group and their Board Chair does not have a giving history! Zip, zilch, nada. Maybe he gives through his company – nope....

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Fundraising Planning for 2016 – I Dream of Board Fundraising

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Board Development, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fundraising Planning for 2016 – I Dream of Board Fundraising

Fundraising Planning for 2016 – I Dream of Board Fundraising

Imagine the following scenario happening at your land trust: A new board member is elected at the February membership meeting. She is introduced to the rest of the board at the following board meeting and greeted warmly. Among other things she is assigned to a mentor – someone who is coming to the end of their term of service. Her mentor arranges to have coffee with her and the Chair of the Development Committee within the next several weeks. At coffee, the Development Committee Chair brings a complete list of current organizational donors, perhaps going back several years. (See Donor...

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Take a Hike!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Board Development, Communication, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Take a Hike!

Take a Hike!

  In fundraising for land conservation, we often say that “the land sells itself.” By this we simply mean that if you can get a potential donor out on the land to see, smell, touch – feel – for themselves, often that’s all you need. This isn’t just so much theoretical hogwash. It actually works.     Fundraiser’s Almanac: July Fall Appeal Planning Board Screening of Foundation Officers Taking Stock Direct Mail – Mailhouse Fundraiser’s Almanac: August Take a Hike! Saturation Mail Membership Drives Join Yourself It works because the third-person narrative they’ve been...

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