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.
Fundraisers everywhere are biting their nails, worrying about whether or not their appeals will result in the gifts their organizations need to be able to meet their budgets and asking themselves what more they can do.
So what can you do? Email more, not less.