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Is Your Board on Board with Your Nonprofit?

Posted: July 25, 2018 at 8:52 am

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Even as a board member of an amazing organization striving to make a difference in the community every day, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture and forget the importance of the great work you’re doing for the organization. Avoid the nearing dog days of summer this year, and make sure your board is on board with the mission and vision of your nonprofit with the following tips.

Invest in your members.

Whether monthly, quarterly or whatever works best for your schedules, take the time to get to know your board one-on-one. What inspires them? Why did they choose your organization? What areas of service do they thrive in? What have they overcome and what are they going through now in their personal lives? Knowing the answers to questions like these are essential to understanding who is on your board, how you can help your board thrive and propel your organization to further success.

Never stop communicating.

From the seemingly small questions to the times of stress and busyness, communication is key. Share with your team your expectations from them as a board member, as well as your expectations for various events and for reaching certain goals. Make sure your instructions and expectations are clear and concise, able to be relayed to volunteers when necessary.

Highlight milestones big and small.

At the end of the day, everyone is there to make a difference in the community. Show them the impact their efforts are making by sharing the results from fundraisers and community outreach events. At the end or beginning of each year, offer annual reviews for your board members individually so each member can see the direct impact he/she is making and how he/she can improve to better support the organization. Offering key insights and highlighting these milestones will support board member morale, making your team proud of the time and effort given in the organization.

Show your appreciation.

Every one of your board members is taking time out of their busy routines to advocate for your organization and make a difference in the community. Take the time to show them your appreciation, whether it be through thank-you notes, telling them in person or hosting an appreciation event to let them know their efforts are noticed and that they are making an impact to further the mission and vision of your nonprofit.

If you recognize areas in your organization that could benefit from strategic plans, stronger communications or events to help motivate, appreciate or encourage your board members to help them stay on board with your nonprofit, our creative and strategy experts at Raising Help would love to assist you. Contact us to schedule a consultation.