Board Portal Best Practices: Fundraising & Your Board of Directors
By Dustin McKissen, May 07, 2018
Fundraising is essential to the success
of nearly every 501(c)3. Even nonprofits that have sustainable sources of
public-sector funding need to raise money—but raising money is a lot easier
said than done. That said, your board of directors can be powerful fundraisers.
After all, your directors have a passion for your mission and have chosen to
give their time to your cause. Even if they haven’t (yet) donated a single
dollar, their talent and expertise reflect a significant contribution.
If your nonprofit chooses to, it can harness that talent and
dedication toward strengthening its bottom line.
Here are a few best practices your organization can implement
that will help turn your board of directors into powerful and effective
1. Make sure directors understand fundraising expectations.
Some nonprofits have an expectation that board members raise
money for the organization. Occasionally that expectation even has a specific
dollar requirement. Other nonprofits do not require board members to be
fundraisers. When it comes to fundraising and your board of directors, there is
no “right” way to do it, so
long as your directors understand what is expected of them.
Identify fundraising expectations as soon as a new director joins
your board. One way to do that is by conducting an orientation for new
directors, which, regardless of fundraising, is a best practice your board
should immediately adopt.
2. Prepare your directors with a compelling
If board members are expected to raise money, they must be equipped
with a compelling message that highlights how your organization makes a
difference in the community. Of course, directors can and should customize that
message to appeal to individual prospective donors. What resonates with one
donor may not resonate with another. Still, directors should start their
fundraising activities armed with a consistent message that will help
prospective donors understand the return on investment (ROI) they will get by
contributing to your organization.
Board members who are willing to fundraise are a precious
commodity. Asking directors to contact donors, leverage personal and
professional relationships, and develop the
fundraising pitch is a lot to ask. Make your directors’ fundraising job a
little easier by giving them an effective fundraising pitch to work from.
3. Be conscientious about how you are
managing your directors’ time.
Your directors only have so much time to give to your nonprofit. Be
strategic about how you utilize that time. In other words, every moment a director
spends sorting through paperwork, attending meetings that are longer than they
need to be, or engaging in mundane administrative or operational tasks is time
they could be spending on raising money for your nonprofit.
Luckily BoardPaq has designed a board portal that makes serving on the
board of a nonprofit as efficient and convenient as possible. Our platform
allows your directors to spend more time on truly value-added activities like
fundraising, and less time shuffling through bulky board binders to prepare for
your next meeting.
These time-saving features include:
• Tasks, BoardPaq’s home screen feature that tracks individual member tasks to
complete for each meeting, reminds directors to complete assignments from prior
meetings, and allows directors to review and comment on draft minutes as well
as respond to RSVP meeting requests.
• One-button Download allows users to access the most up-to-date
content and to download all available meeting documents with one touch.
• News and Announcements provides your directors with the information
they need to know ahead of your next board meeting.
• Meeting Calendar gives directors easy access to upcoming
meetings as well as past meeting materials and automatically displays meetings
for the current month.
In addition to these (and many more)
time-saving features, BoardPaq is the only board portal with a built-in SWOT (strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats) analysis tool. This unique feature will help your
board create a strategic plan that will guide your organization and your board
of directors through a successful fundraising campaign.
These features and more are available in the most affordable and
value-added board portal available to cost-conscious organizations. That’s why
so many different types of nonprofits, including community-based organizations,
trade associations, rural cooperatives, economic development agencies, and
colleges and universities use BoardPaq to run efficient, paperless board and
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