We all know how crucial a successful board is to a thriving organization. But many nonprofit boards struggle with a lack of engagement, communication issues, or not achieving their fundraising goals.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone–every nonprofit board has room to grow!
Luckily, it’s a new year, which is a great time to set new expectations, plan more training and social opportunities, and breathe some new life into your board.
3 Signs of a High-Achieving Board
- Your board has a strong culture of fundraising. Although many organizations expect a financial commitment from each board member, they often struggle to make the ask. Many fundraisers worry they will seem greedy or unappreciative if they ask instead of waiting until the board member is ready. However, asking your board members directly is a great way to develop those relationships, practice your pitch, and model the solicitation process. If you’re looking for tips on how to solicit gifts from the board, check out It’s Time to Ask Your Board for a Gift
- Your board implements term limits. Many nonprofits balk at the idea of losing their most senior board members, but for most organizations, the pros of term limits outweigh the cons. Term limits are a best practice and a great way to keep your board equitable, fresh, and functional. Check out Why Board Term Limits Are So Important to learn more.
- Your board members are your strongest ambassadors. What does this look like? Your board members go out of their way to network at events, make introductions, and ask how they can support–financially and otherwise. They can articulate why they support your organization and stay updated on your organization’s wins and progress. Of course, board members need your help to be these incredible advocates of your work. Check out 4 Ways to Help Your Board be Better Ambassadors for your Organization to learn how.
So, how did your board stack up?
If you checked all three of these boxes, amazing! Your board is in great shape to continue supporting your organization’s mission. Keep up the good work!
If your board still has room to grow, Evolve is here to support. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a conversation going with one of our board consultants about building your strongest board yet!