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 »

Nonprofits and Their Boards: An Evolving Relationship

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

A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy by Maureen West titled “Charities Find Ways to Give Board Members Bigger Roles in Policy” caught our attention. So much of the work we have done with our clients for the past 23 years is meeting with the board members of nonprofits to discuss fundraising strategy and… Read more »

Giving USA Discussion at the Hudson Institute: Advice to Nonprofits and their Board Members

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

On Friday the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, in partnership with Illinois University’s Center on Philanthropy, hosted a discussion titled “Giving USA 2012: Who Gave, How Much, and to Whom in 2011?” The Curtis Group’s Vice President, Wendy McGrady, along with Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy Executive Director, Patrick M. Rooney; Nonprofit Quarterly’s… Read more »

Building a Strong Board: Tips From a Seasoned Veteran

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Campaign Consultant. Topic: Board Development.

Last week we attended the first of the 2012 AFP-Hampton Roads luncheon series. Susan Hirschbiel, philanthropist, community volunteer, and recipient of the National Philanthropy Day 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, spoke on the topic of building a strong board. It’s not often that nonprofit professionals have the opportunity to hear about board service from an actual board… Read more »

The Right Approach to Board Solicitation

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Boards of Directors, Fundraising.

Recently, we’ve had a lot of people ask about the best way to solicit leadership gifts from board members. As with any major gift solicitation (because that’s what you’re aiming for, right?), it’s always best to make an in-person ask. Having a board member solicit another board member in-person, is hands-down the most effective way… Read more »

Who’s Really in Charge of Board Performance?

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

This question was posed online in the Chronicle of Philanthropy earlier this month and really struck us as good food for thought. The article recounts a debate over whether board performance is the responsibility of a nonprofit’s Executive Director/CEO or the board itself? We see this debate amongst our clients on a daily basis. Many… Read more »

The Key to Successful Fundraising: Leadership

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Boards of Directors, Fundraising.

For years, Wendy and I have conducted board training workshops and presented “The Role of the Board in Fundraising” to clients and nonprofit leaders. The one thing we try to emphasize: effective fundraising boards don’t just happen; they are built and developed – strategically. A major philanthropist once told me, “an organization’s nominating committee is the… Read more »