Posts Tagged "Board Orientation"

Board Evaluations, Board Campaigns

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Board Development, Communication, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Plans and Budgets, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Board Evaluations, Board Campaigns

Fundraiser’s Almanac: January Happy New Year! For 2015, I am creating a week-by-week guide to organizing a fundraising program. My ambition is to provide strategic ideas for approaching your work more so than providing some kind of overlay to what you might be doing already. Some of the ideas might work for you now; others might work later in the year. Some might not be relevant for you at all. If these posts offer you some fresh ideas, if they provoke your thinking about getting your work done, if they pull you out of reactive mode and into proactive mode – if they do these things, writing...

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See you at Rally!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Board Development, Communication, Featured, Membership, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on See you at Rally!

See you at Rally!

Next week is Rally week. Rally, the National Land Conservation Conference, is in Providence, Rhode Island this year. I am looking forward to spending most of next week in the east. This year will be first year in some time that I will not be presenting my Fundraising that Matters workshop. Instead, my colleague and good friend Anita O’Gara and I will team up to present The Surprising Secrets of Direct Mail Success on Friday. Anita is a mail marketing wizard who has built a membership for Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation that now numbers more than 6,000. We’ll touch on membership systems and...

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Rethinking Board Orientations

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Board Development, Featured | Comments Off on Rethinking Board Orientations

Rethinking Board Orientations

Most non-profit organizations tend to think about their new board members as “plug-and-play” interchangeable pieces. “Come on in for an hour and a half orientation meeting next Saturday and you’ll be good to go.” Often it doesn’t work out that way. I suggest thinking about board orientation as lasting a year and a half instead of an hour and a half. Bill Walsh was the coach of the San Francisco Forty-Niners during their heyday in the 1980s. One of Walsh’s innovations was in scripting the first fifteen-or-so offensive plays to understand better how the opposing defense would react and perform...

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Standards and Practices – Are You Compliant?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Board Development, Featured | Comments Off on Standards and Practices – Are You Compliant?

Standards and Practices – Are You Compliant?

Dear Board Director: Does your organization have a Conflict of Interest Policy? Do you – specifically you – know what it says and how to use it? Could you provide evidence that it is being used? How about a Gift Acceptance Policy, an Investment Policy, or an Internal Controls Policy?   How about an Easement Defense Policy, a Human Resources Policy, or a Records Retention Policy? The truth is that most board directors are substantially unaware of how the organization is supposed to work, and therefore effectively incapable of exercising their role in Governance. If you find that this...

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