I hear it all the time: How do I get my Nonprofit Board to help with fundraising?   Sometimes it sounds more like this:   “ How do I get my Board to make their own donation? I need 100% Board giving for a grant.”                   “What does it take to get my30

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I bet you’ve done it. I sure have. We bought right into the myth without even realizing what we were doing. What myth? The Myth of Boards. It goes like this: “People who sit on nonprofit Boards know what to do and they should help with fundraising.” Think about it: how many times have you30

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Ideally, your Board should be made up of people who care deeply about the work your nonprofit does and are willing to give their time, talent, and treasure to see it be successful. Unfortunately, most people who serve on nonprofit Boards don’t understand what they’ve said “yes” to.  They don’t know how Boards are supposed30

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I have a theory about nonprofit Boards. Most small nonprofits have people on their Boards who don’t understand what they’ve said “yes” to. They don’t know what they’re supposed to do as a Board member, and in the absence of knowledge, they do whatever looks fun or familiar. That leaves the door wide open for30

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I am a firm believer in hiring and keeping good staff. After all, what makes your organization work? Who delivers services and runs programs? Your people. If you don’t have good people, you don’t have squat. Good staff are invaluable. The problem I see is that lots of nonprofit leaders lose sight of the value30

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The Nonprofit Blog Carnival is up at the Donor Dreams blog! If you aren’t familiar with the carnival, it’s a monthly collection of blog posts by some of the best bloggers in the nonprofit world. Every month is a different topic, and this month the topic is letters to Boards. You’ll find links to great30

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  Dear new Board member, Thank you for saying “yes” to serving on this Board! Not everyone has the heart for Board work, and I applaud your willingness to give your time, your talents, and yourself to this very worthy cause as a nonprofit Board member. There are several things you need to know to30

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