Guidestar, a group that promotes best practices among nonprofit organizations, always has good information for nonprofit staff and board members. This new article, Eight Resolutions for Fundraisers, has great ideas. The first one may be the best: Sit down with each of your board members, figure out what they do best and what they want to do, and always make one-on-one requests rather than lobbing them “like water balloons across the board room.”
Ineffective executives make blanket requests (or demands!) at board meetings or, worse, by email, and then wonder why the board doesn’t respond.
Effective nonprofit executives are always looking for better ways to engage their constituency, better ways to communicate, and better ways to serve. It’s the responsibility of leadership.