Should All Board Members Be Required to be Involved With Fund-Raising?
By Eugene Fram
No, just those who have done it before or are willing, with some coaching, to try it. However, board members also need to maximize their colleagues’ contacts. That may involve teaming someone who does not usually get involved in fund-raising with an experienced hand, if the inexperienced person knows a potential donor.
The CEO will also need to be an assertive leader when it comes to fund-raising, but all board members will need to play an active supportive role. Neither board members nor CEOs can abdicate their fund-raising roles.
Everyone on a nonprofit board should make an annual contribution. Certainly, the amount depends on each director’s personal situation, but even a token amount is significant. When developing funding grant proposals for foundations or corporations, funders want to know whether or not all members of the board are financially behind the organization.
Source: Policy vs. Paper Clips, Third Edition, 2011