Do You Really, Seriously Need a Board Retreat?

Board Retreat Facilitator Amy Eisenstein

This fundraising question comes from Tom, who writes: I can’t convince my ED that we should have a board retreat. Can you help? Share it with others -- Today’s Tweetable: Schedule a #nonprofit board retreat today to focus on team building, planning, and #fundraising! @amyeisenstein Video Transcript Yes, Tom! I can help! Thanks for asking. First, I … [Read more...]

Effective Board Training in 2 Surprisingly Simple Steps

Effective board training

Today’s question comes from Kendyl. She explains that her new incoming board chair has "AGREED" to allow her to have a portion of every monthly board meeting to train their board members. Her question: How much time should I allow to do training every month and where do I begin? I am concerned they might only give me 15 minutes! Share it with others -- Today’s … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Life, Major Gifts and Nonprofit Boards

Celebrating ...

This week I celebrated a milestone birthday. Yes, it was the big 40! So naturally, I've spent some time reflecting on my life and business. "Have I helped people to the best of my ability?" "What can I do better over the coming months and years?" "What are my long term goals?" Looking Back In my January, I declared 2015 as the Year of the Fundraising Board on this … [Read more...]

Happiness and Fundraising: How are they Linked?

Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right!

Today’s question comes from Sasha. Sasha got into fundraising because she wanted to change the world. But lately she's been feeling discouraged and unhappy at work. Her question is this: How can I get my passion back and can you help me put the fun back in fundraising? Great question, Sasha! Thank you for being brave enough to ask such a tough and important … [Read more...]

Charitable Giving is on the Rise – Is Your Board Ready?

Charitable giving is on the rise

The long years of “Great Recession” fundraising stress are over! At least, that's the news from Indiana University's report, The Philanthropy Outlook: 2015 & 2016. The report, produced by the Lilly Fundraising School in partnership with Marts & Lundy, offers a glimpse of what we can expect to see in 2015 and 2016 (I've taken this information taken directly from the … [Read more...]

How do I Explain a Reserve to My Donors?

How do I explain a reserve to donors?

A few months back I was facilitating a board retreat for a historical society in Denver and talking about the importance of fundraising, when a board member named John stopped me and asked me this: How can you expect us to feel motivated to raise funds when we have such a big endowment? I’m not convinced we actually need the money. Great question, John! And I truly … [Read more...]