With a little creativity and the right support, every board member can be a stellar fundraiser. In fact, we recently brainstormed 31 board fundraising opportunities to give board members several options to choose from.
Customize this list for your organization, and ask board members to commit to the fundraising activities that feel right for them and their personal networks.
When Bill Lutz started as the Executive Director of an outreach ministry called The New Path, he brought a strong management and leadership background to a traditional ministry. Within six months of accepting the position, he learned that he often did not learn about an issue until it was a “full fledged disaster or catastrophe mode.”
For this reason, he created and implemented a quarterly “Pulse Survey” to measure the three key organizational indicators:
The survey is sent every three months to staff, board, volunteers, partners, and other key constituents. Started in 2015, they have sent the survey for five quarters.
The first survey resulted in a strong response – noting both issues to work on and strengths to celebrate. During the first few quarters, the survey indicated low numbers on “strategy”. And this provided data to help the board understand the importance of allocating funds to hire a strategic planning consultant and completing a strategic planning process.
We interviewed Lutz on Episode 17 of the Successful Nonprofits Podcast, and our conversation also included:
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In less than one week, Americans everywhere will have one final opportunity to vote. I say one final opportunity – because many have had the opportunity to vote in the primaries and vote early in the general election.
According to the census bureau, just 92 million Americans voted in the last national election – while the nearly 240 million Americans are of voting age in this country. In other words, only 38.5% of adults over age 18 voted. The Census bureau asked registered voters who did not vote to explain their reason for not participating in the election. The most common reasons:
Those are the two worst reasons for not voting. After all, counties offer absentee ballot options for this very reason. That’s right, a county election office would have sent each of these non-voters a paper ballot to fill out in the comfort of their own home while sitting in a Lay-Z-Boy chair.
But wait! The responses non-voters get worse:
What the ?!#%$@&
If you leave the house on Election Day, you will see hundreds to thousands of people wearing stickers proclaiming “I voted”. If you didn’t leave the house – did you fail to turn on the TV, check your newsfeed online?
I think, perhaps, an ascetic monk living in cave in a mountain could use this excuse. Anyone else – it’s another bogus excuse.
Just when you thought the reasons couldn’t get any worse – guess what? They do.
We can assume these folks understand the importance of voting because they went to the trouble to register. But then, when Election Day rolled around they were “not interested”. You may not be interested in spaghetti for dinner tonight; you may not be interested in seeing Paris before you die.
But I sincerely hope you are interested in a civil society, infrastructure, a common defense, and many other issues that we decide by election. How do I know you’re interested in them? Well, if there is a riot in your hometown, you want something done about it (and then say something should have been done sooner). If a bridge you cross every day needs repair, you want it fixed before someone gets hurt. If our nation is at threat, you want it defended.
I’m just about to stop listing every one of these reasons, but here’s one more:
To keep this short, please see the paragraph about absentee ballots.
Our Constitution assigns two critical duties to Citizens, and one of them is to vote.
Whether you are conservative, liberal, or moderate, our nation faces issues that you care about. And Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have dramatically different proposals for addressing these issues.
If you are eligible to vote, it is your constitutional duty to cast a ballot for the person you believe will best serve our country. And saying “I don’t like either of them” is perhaps the worst reason for failing to vote.
You know why? There are a lot of other races you will be voting on, including
So if you haven’t already participated in early voting or cast an absentee ballot, look at your schedule for Tuesday November 8 and plan when you will go to the polls and vote.