Board Engagement

Articles and resources to increase board participation and engage your board for greater success.


The Hospital CEO’s Influence on Philanthropy

What are the top 3 attributes a healthcare CEO brings to philanthropic success for his/her hospital?   Our experience with a large number of healthcare clients suggests these CEO attributes can make the most significant difference in how donors and prospects perceive hospitals and their philanthropic requests.   The successful CEO is courageous—bringing an unwavering sense […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Leveraging Internal Resources for Board Candidate Prospecting

What strategies do you use to identify, track, and vet potential board candidates? Board members are your top donors, your most vocal cheerleaders, and are fiduciarily responsible for your organization. Your organization needs sound practices in place to ensure you have a pipeline of philanthropic, committed, and enthusiastic volunteers. This advisory offers tips for each […]

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The Small Shop: Managing Your Board of Trustees

Board members are “mission critical” especially in the life of small nonprofit organizations. By paying close attention and understanding important characteristics of volunteer leadership, the organization will be positioned for long-term success. Two truly distinctive differences for the small shop board are the composition of the board and the role it plays. Board composition: Assembling […]

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Fundraising Strategies to Finish the Year Strong

November and December represent the high point of philanthropy for many organizations. So before you and your team turn your attention to lighting candles, planning celebrations, or roasting the perfect bird, now is the time to recommit to executing strong year-end fundraising strategies. For these reasons, and many more, the holiday season is a reason […]

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Engaging Nonprofit Boards

Engaging Nonprofit Board Members in Work That Matters

Boards Play an Important Role in Fundraising Boards play incredibly important roles in helping organizations fulfill their missions. One of the most important of these roles is helping organizations raise money. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative found that active fundraising by nonprofit board members was positively correlated with organizations meeting their fundraising goals. […]

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Onboarding the Board

BWF Client Advisory – Identifying, Recruiting, and Onboarding New Board Members

The most recent Nonprofit Fundraising Study affirmed that organizations with active board engagement in fundraising are more likely to see increased contributions. (Nonprofit Research Collaborative, October 2014.) How would you rate the stability of your current board? Do you have a board succession plan? Are there candidates queued up to rotate on once current members’ […]

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Client Advisory – Building a Strong Foundation Board

From emerging development shops to established fundraising powerhouses, all nonprofits should continually assess their boards and look for ways to enhance board member engagement and effectiveness. Whether working with current board leadership or starting from the ground up to build a new board, you have opportunities to evaluate and strengthen your board. Recruitment You should look to […]

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