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    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jan. 22, 2019

    A fairly common concern among nonprofit directors is that their board members won’t participate in fundraising efforts.  Some board members may claim they weren’t told they were expected to ask for contributions when they joined the board.  Others might say they don’t like to impose on their friends (or they want to avoid their friends coming back to them asking for money for their favorite charity). And still others promise they will help but never follow through.

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    Topics: Board Development, Board Management

    DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC BOARD

    Posted by Danny Maier on Jan. 15, 2019
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    Topics: Board Development, Board Management

    GUTSY NOMINATING COMMITTEES

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Apr. 17, 2018

    April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Mike explains the power of a gutsy nominating committee.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Board Development, Volunteer Appreciation

    GET CLOSE

    Posted by Lora Dow on Sep. 6, 2017

    At the 2017 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, the DBD team was once again inspired and challenged by incredible stories of leadership and vision. Each year it seems a story will dig into our hearts and not let go.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Bryan Stevenson

    BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT BOARD DEVELOPMENT

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Aug. 17, 2017

    As non-profit leader I learned to use summer as an opportunity to connect with volunteers and start my board development strategies. Over the years, I developed a proficient and intentional method that improved my efforts, year after year, in building a stronger group of volunteers.

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    Topics: Leadership, Board Development, Big L Leaders

    BUILDING A WINNING TEAM

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Jan. 23, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Build a winning team.

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    Topics: Board Development, Annual Campaign, Volunteers

    BEST OF DBD 2016: LEADERSHIP

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 15, 2016

    As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Leadership.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Board Management, Best Of

    CHANGING CULTURE

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 3, 2016

    Changing a board’s philanthropic culture is a big challenge. Convincing board members to become true ambassadors, as well as campaigners, for your organization doesn’t happen overnight, but is one of the best legacies you can leave. Cultural change takes time and consistent effort. Too often, we think of this as a one meeting announcement to our board and boom! We’re done.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Board Development, Culture Of Philanthrophy, Annual

    FOUR INGREDIENTS FOR POWERFUL BOARDS

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Sep. 30, 2015

    Years ago, I attended one of my first YMCA training events, held at the Calhoun Beach Hotel in Minneapolis. The day’s featured presentation on board development was of very little interest to me.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Board Development, Capital Leadership

    CHANGE THE REQUEST

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jul. 27, 2015

    A relatively common concern among nonprofit executives and development directors is that their board members are reluctant to ask for money.

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    Topics: Volunteer, Board Development, Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Board Management

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