5 Ways to Build Your Board into a Championship Fundraising Team

Date / Time: December 28, 2018 12:00 am

Good boards, like victories, rarely come together by chance. Rather, they are the product of shared commitment to the mission (and to each other), thoughtful planning, and critical processes. Among their many responsibilities, board members are charged with ensuring the organization has the resources necessary to accomplish the mission. For many board members, fundraising is the broccoli in their entree of responsibilities — that part of the meal we know is good for us, but we would just as soon avoid (apologies to all the broccoli fans).

The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible for even the most reluctant boards to develop a team culture that embraces fundraising as an essential ingredient in mission success. Here are a few key steps to help transform your board into a championship fundraising team:

  1. Train like a champion.

Fundamental to the success of board members in fundraising is a solid understanding of the basics. For too many individuals, reluctance to participate in cultivation or stewardship activities is rooted in a lack of familiarity with critical elements of the organization. Orientation and training programs for board members must go beyond mission and vision to include discussion of the vital community need being addressed, the gap that would exist if the organization ceased to exist, basic fund development skills, and stories of success.