“There’s no culture of giving on our board.”
If I had a dollar for every time I heard that… I could FUND your annual operating budget.
Typically, I ask these three questions.
- Have you shared the story and the math (read: funding rationale)?
- 1:1 (not in a group – impossible to ENGAGE a group)?
- and have you ASKED each board member (for specific funding help as it relates to a project or program)?
If you haven’t done these three things then it’s probably not about the board, the culture or [insert other challenge].
When we do these three things — Have the STORY, ENGAGE 1:1 and ASK — then the ‘culture’ seems to change.