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Boards and Bucks: 3 Tips for Creating a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Boards and Bucks: 3 Tips for Creating a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Most nonprofit organizations rely on their board members to spread the word about their work. Board members’ personal and professional networks can be a veritable gold mine for organizations with active fundraising campaigns.

Many association foundation boards actively engage in fundraising. Others may be reluctant do so or unaware of the tremendous impact they can have. A personal “ask” from many of them could mean a new donor to an organization.

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Trusted and Trained: Why Some States Are Considering Legislation to Make Board Member Training Mandatory

Trusted and Trained: Why Some States Are Considering Legislation to Make Board Member Training Mandatory

In recent years, there’s been discussion in almost every sector about how well trained and prepared board members actually are in carrying out their duties. A trend has emerged in higher ed that any organization with a board may want to monitor. This year (as of July) legislatures in two states had considered bills mandating training for trustees or university board members. And others may follow suit.

The primary concern is summed up by the question reporter Kellie Woodhouse posed in her article for Inside Higher Ed, “How well do they know how to do their jobs?” Certainly associations have expressed similar concern about how well-equipped their board members are to provide strategic leadership, and many have invested in additional training online or face-to-face with an outside facilitator.

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Technology: 5 Questions Association Boards Should Ask

Technology: 5 Questions Association Boards Should Ask

When it comes to questions about your association’s technology investments, your board members have at least as many questions as you do, if not more. And in general you should welcome their questions.

If they’re asking questions, the likelihood is greater that they are fully engaged in evaluating your association’s technology decisions from a strategic perspective.

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