One of the key responsibilities of a nonprofit board is to ensure that the organization has enough resources to fulfill its mission. Thus, board members are often encouraged, even required, to participate in the fundraising efforts of an organization.
Many nonprofits will expect board members to make at least a minimal personal contribution in order to demonstrate their support for the organization and to serve as a model for other donors. Board members can also play a key role in soliciting funds, in-kind donations, and pro bono services from individuals, institutions, and corporations. Fundraising encompasses not only the financial aspects of one-on-one solicitations, special events fundraising, and other methods, but also bringing resources and skills into the organization through their own network to further the mission of the organization.
To learn more now about involving your board in fundraising, take our free course, Your Board and Fundraising, available as an online webinar and as an in-person class.
Seven Lessons Learned from Nonprofit Leaders, our free video, provides tips on working in a variety of areas with your board, including fundraising. The video includes a link to a downloadable Board Member Fundraising Worksheet.
To learn more about strengthening your board through pro bono, visit the Taproot Foundation's website.
To learn about how even reluctant board members can make a difference, read this Candid guest blog by fundraising expert and author Kay Sprinkel Grace: How to motivate board members who say, "I'll do anything but ask for money."
Beyond Cash Guide for Nonprofit Boards is a guide on how nonprofit boards can tap pro bono and in-kind resources, co-written by Taproot Foundation and BoardSource.
Powered by Pro Bono: The Nonprofits Step-by-Step Guide to Scoping, Securing, Managing, and Scaling Pro Bono Resources is Taproot Foundation's how-to guide for bringing capacity building resources into your nonprofit.
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