Tapping the Fundraising Potential of Your Board

Guest post by Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE News, Stories

There are lots of reasons why people don’t give to charity, but the number one reason is simply because they haven’t been asked. And there’s no more effective asker than a passionate, committed Board member. After twenty-five years of raising money for a variety of organizations, including many years as a fundraising consultant, here’s what I know with certainty: the …

Three Steps to Working With Your Board to Advance Advocacy

Guest post by Laurel O'Sullivan, BoardSource News, Stories

Republished with the permission of BoardSource, the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership.   BoardSource encourages all nonprofit board members to advocate for their organization’s mission. The following success story comes to us from Jewish Family Services of San Diego (JFSS). Step One: Persuade the Board to Adopt Advocacy as a Priority JFSS is a multi-service nonprofit with a budget of …

11 Ways a Board Member Can Get Involved in #GivingTuesday

Sara Leonard News, Stories

Last week when we told our board about our efforts to encourage Giving Tuesday in Tampa, they asked, “how can we get involved and help with your efforts?” Isn’t that what a good board asks? As we developed the list, we realized we could share the list so your board can help you, too. In case this is new to …

5 Myths Busted On Why Charitable Giving With Wills and Trusts Is Difficult

Guest post by Jay Love of Bloomerang News, Stories

republished with permission It’s a little known fact that planned giving has one of the highest ROIs (return on investment) of any fundraising activity, contributing to the fact that pursuing gifts from wills and trusts is rarely a key mission funding practice among the average American nonprofit. Why is this the case? In my experience, the most common excuses include …

The Power of Nonprofit Board Exit Interviews

Guest post by Nancy Droesch and Susan S. Stepleton News, Stories

Republished with the permission of BoardSource, the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership. Nonprofit boards are tasked with overseeing the management of their organizations, but who oversees the board? While outside agencies may comment and provide feedback on board functioning, at the end of the day, boards are responsible for evaluating their own performance. Have you ever asked an employee …

Board Minutes: Who’s Who on the NLC Board

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

The New Year feels like a great time to introduce you to the fine folks who support and serve the NLC in a Board capacity. You can read their own personal statements as to why they chose to serve with us, so consider this a quick introduction and your invitation to read on for more.   Let’s start with the …