How—and why—your board should self-evaluate

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors.

In my previous article “Five Steps to a Creating a High-Performing Board,” I offered this road map to ensuring your board knew what was expected of them and coaching them toward greater effectiveness: ?1. Ensure the nominating committee is considering your nonprofit’s unique needs at this point in its organizational development 2. Talk through responsibilities—including… Read more »

5 steps to create a high-performing board

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Board Development.

Is your nonprofit’s board of directors living up to expectations? Do they even know what is expected of them? In our work with nonprofits, we’ve sometimes found that when staff and board leadership are disappointed in their board’s performance, it’s often because they have not made their expectations clear—particularly in fundraising. Therefore, to build a successful… Read more »

Wealth advisors on your board? Help them help you.

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Board Development, High-Net-Worth Individuals.

After two recent conversations with wealth advisors, who were also nonprofit board members and were wrestling with whether they should discuss their own philanthropic priorities with their clients, I began to give this topic some thought. These individuals understood that, as board members, they were expected to be connectors, but they were trying to balance… Read more »

Examining Your Board: Notes from the AFP International Conference

Posted , by Kaitlin Robb, Consultant. Topic: Board Development.

At this year’s Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in San Antonio, I participated in two sessions on board leadership and how to create a dynamic, purposeful group of volunteers. Kay Sprinkel Grace, spoke passionately about the need to create an environment where there is permission to innovate. Board members and staff should be encouraged to… Read more »

Tips to Help Your Board Raise Major Gifts – As Published in The Major Gifts Report

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Boards of Directors, Major Gifts Programs.

As a nonprofit staff member, how can you help create a board of directors who are both willing and able to do their part in raising major gifts for your organization? Nonprofit consultant Keith Curtis, whose company The Curtis Group provides board development training, among other consulting services, says the process starts with board recruitment and continues… Read more »

Board Service: How Many Is Too Many?

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Vice President. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors.

Last week I led a class for the Board Development Academy hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, VA. The Board Development Academy is for engaged community leaders, people either early on in their board careers or those who have never been on a board, who want to learn how to effectively serve… Read more »

The Curtis Group Presents Fifth Successful Webinar: The Role of the Board in Fundraising

Posted , by Lauren Fenn, Consultant. Topic: Boards of Directors, Fundraising.

On February 20,  we offered a free webinar on “The Role of the Board in Fundraising.” This timely subject proved to be one of our most popular webinars yet with nearly 100 nonprofit staff and board members tuning in. Our extensive work with nonprofits over the past 24 years has provided us the opportunity to… Read more »

Highlights from “Donor and Board Member Engagement” Webinar Hosted by Bloomerang

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Consultant and Marketing Director. Topic: Boards of Directors, Donor Retention.

Bloomerang, a company specializing in donor databases, hosted a webinar recently titled “Everything You Need to Know about Donor and Board Member Engagement.” We are cautious of programs that boast these superlatives—”Everything”, really? But we knew the hosts were authorities in their field and signed up to participate. While Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang, and Bryan… Read more »

Board Members as Askers, Ambassadors and Advocates

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Consultant and Marketing Director. Topic: Boards of Directors, Nonprofit Management.

In our 24-year history, The Curtis Group has spent significant time advising on how nonprofit management can work most successfully with their boards. We hear it a lot: one of the biggest challenges nonprofit executives face is getting their volunteer leadership to help raise money and a common complaint from board members is they aren’t… Read more »

Engaging Board Members in Fundraising is Key to Success, Latest NRC Study Finds

Posted , by Erin Phillips, campaign consultant and marketing director. Topic: Board Development, Fundraising, National Research Collaborative.

The latest Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) study on board member engagement in fundraising concludes, among other things, that board members serve two primary fundraising functions: helping the organization reach new prospective donors (access) and indicating the organization’s value to the community by their own association with the group (signaling). Here are some key findings: –… Read more »