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Strong Fundraising Boards Don’t Exist

Leadership and Boards | | Nick Fellers

I’ve never seen a strong fundraising board.

We’ve worked with colleges, national organizations, start-ups, orgs in every sector – and not seen it.

Maybe organizations with ‘strong fundraising boards’ don’t need help so they don’t come to us. I think it’s more likely the case that they don’t exist.

This is important to understand. Many organizations are waiting until they have a strong fundraising board to really kick things in to high gear. That might be like waiting for the big three auto makers to return to dominance using the same old business models.

  • We can’t wait. Else, we’ll always be waiting.
  • Instead of trying to build a ‘fundraising board’ shoot for getting a few champions on board with your efforts.
  • This is why we say your board is not responsible for fundraising.