In the nonprofit sector, we nonprofit professionals apply for positions in the nonprofit sector. We have experience with nonprofit jobs. Because we’re nonprofit professionals with nonprofit experience, applying for nonprofit jobs, we assume that the people who are reviewing our resumes understand what our titles and positions mean and entail. They don’t. Even if we list our accomplishments, they don’t get it. Too often, board members are hiring or sitting on the search committees that hire us. Those board members are almost always business people who don’t understand what’s involved in our jobs.
Nonprofit Board members are unprepared to govern. That’s the finding of the 2015 Survey on Board of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations, a study released in April jointly conducted by Guidestar, BoardSource, and the Stanford Business School.
What remedies would we pursue if we were to view the breakdowns in our systems of nonprofit governance as failures of the early stages of team building rather than as the [later] results of process and outcomes failures?
Early requests for sponsorship support were disappointing. One company’s response was typical, “How come, if you’ve been serving the community for 23 years, we’ve never heard of you before?”
Not promising as far as beginnings of sponsorship campaigns go.
The organization needed to re-introduce itself to the community. We decided to hold a Corporate Breakfast.
Many organizations have some sort of Advisory Councils. But often these councils, populated largely with former board members or community dignitaries that don’t have time to be board members, languish, largely neglected by the very organizations that have created them. They often have no clear purpose and meet infrequently.
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
How Can a Purple Rhino Help You Get Your Board to Raise Money on Giving Tuesday?
“The Super Bowl of Crowdfunding” – that’s what Blackbaud’s npEngage calls Giving Tuesday. Wouldn’t it be great to have 100% board member involvement?
The newly released Leading with Intent preview from BoardSource shows that only 26% of Board members get involved with asking at some point in the year. There is a lot of opportunity for improvement there. So how can you get your board members to raise funds this #GivingTuesday?
In the last few years, a debate has emerged among nonprofit leaders about whether or not a board of directors should have a development committee. The people who have suggested “no” make a very good point – that fundraising is the responsibility of every board member, not just a select few. Many observe that on boards where there are fundraising committees, the board members tend to defer and overly rely on the handful of Board members who are on that committee.
As someone who has spent most of my career as a fundraising professional and a good chunk of the rest of it as an Executive Director without a fundraising staff (and, therefore, a fundraising professional in addition to being an E.D.), I believe a development committee is vital.