Increasing Board Engagement: Is That My Job, Too?!

What role does your nonprofit board play in your organization? Do board members govern your organization? Do they participate in the strategic planning process? Do they advocate for you in the community? Do they provide personal financial support AND help you raise funds from others? Most of us in development seek a resounding YES in answer to most or all of those questions.

Our boards-and each member's engagement level-are crucial to our bottom lines. But here's the thing: Our board members are also volunteers. What is fair to expect of them on the fundraising front? Do they belong on the grant-writing team? If so, in what capacity? How can we work with our board members so that they WANT to engage? This workshop will provide tips and prompt discussion on the following board-related topics: What exactly IS board engagement? If we are lucky enough to have a say, what are some best practices in board recruitment? communicating roles and responsibilities? encouraging and recognizing individual board participation? We will look at tools available to help build more diverse boards and to help board members enhance their fundraising skills. Mostly, we will have fun sharing our journey about the ever-changing world of fund-raising and how our boards can help (or hinder!) our success.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Jan Heidrich-Rice managed grants for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society before joining Cobb & Douglas Public Health to create the district's first Development Office and re-launch its two 501(c)3 fundraising organizations. A GPC, Jan has helped the district secure over $6 million in new non-traditional funds since 2009.