How to Engage Your Volunteers During This Uncertain Time

Posted , by Abby Weber, Consultant. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors, Crisis Fundraising, Donor Acknowledgement, Donor Communication, Donor Retention, Major Donors, Nonprofit Management.

How to Engage Your Volunteers During This Uncertain Time By Abby Weber, Consultant Just as we have shared with you the ways that you should be building donor relationships, even in times of uncertainty, engaging your board and volunteers is equally important. But just how can you do that when you aren’t sitting across the… Read more »

Start Your Year With A Resolution Worth Keeping

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors, Campaigns & Campaign Planning, Capital Campaigns, Development Plan, Donor Advised Funds, Fundraising, Preparing for a Campaign.

Make Your New Year’s Resolution: Treat Yourself to Enhancing Your Career Upcoming Events   Hampton Roads Community Foundation Building Excellence Program January 10, 2020 Deadline This program started in 2008 has already provided 21 area nonprofits with ongoing technical expertise to help them develop and implement long-range fundraising plans. There are two nonprofits in the… Read more »

Lead Board Meetings That Ignite Passion and Engagement

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

  Spring is a busy time in the nonprofit world. So many organizations host galas, golf tournaments, run/walks and other fundraising events. But before you become consumed by centerpieces and table assignments, consider this: How are you engaging your board? As you quickly approach the end of your fiscal year or prepare for annual meetings,… Read more »

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 »

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 »