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Excite Your Board Members

How do you excite your Board Members? A question every organization grapples with at one time or another.

Whether it’s a nonprofit or for profit organization, you want the Board Members to be excited about fundraising.

Five Ways to Engage Board Members

  1. Productive Board Meeting

    There is nothing worse than boring Board meetings listening to report after report. Don’t be afraid to change it up. Rather than taking the whole meeting to discuss business, allow the Members to share personal stories about why they are there.By encouraging personal discussions, you help them to rekindle their enthusiasm about the organization. Know when to reign the conversation in, but be careful not to shut them down.By encouraging personal discussions, you help them to rekindle their enthusiasm about the organization. Know when to reign the conversation in, but be careful not to shut them down, by encouraging personal discussions, you help them to rekindle their enthusiasm about the organization. Know when to reign the conversation in, but be careful not to shut them down.

  2. Create Comradery

    Have meetings such as luncheons, dinner, and other outings outside the boardroom to build camaraderie among members.

    This is especially true for new Board Members.  When they get to know one another in social settings it builds relationships, creates a positive atmosphere, and leads to deeper discussions on issues. They get excited about the organization, and its mission. They realize they are part of a team and are willing to accomplish the tasks at hand.

  3. Encourage Involvement

    Encourage the Board Members to be involved. When they feel included in activities, they are willing to take on new projects and responsibility.

    Don’t be the President who feels the need to do it all. That will stifle creativity in the members. Allow them to participate in the decision-making process. They will take ownership and be involved in future endeavors. You are promoting a sense of belonging to the organization, as well as teamwork.

  4. Expect Results

    When you assign new tasks, tell the member what is expected of them. What are the objectives and outcomes? Give the project a sense of urgency by setting a timeline.

    Don’t expect them to read your mind. Be specific, but allow members to their personal skills and creativity to complete the task.

    To use a football analogy, when you give them the ball, let them run it to the finish line. Micromanagement is counterproductive.

  5.  Happy Board Members are Better Fundraisers

    Remember Board Members are volunteers. They have a life outside the organization. But if you provide them with opportunities to succeed, they are more likely to take ownership and produce results.

Conclusion

dollars available in grant awards

Fundraising Dollars

Excitement is contagious. When Board Members get excited, you will get results that translate into dollars.

Make the Board experience positive, and you will have more productive members and a better return on investment.

 

 


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