Managing the Governing Board for Fundraising Success

Boards drive fund raising. They are one of the most critical elements in any successful program. Unfortunately, our expertise at managing this critical factor is not always as well developed as our expertise in managing other inputs and processes.
Bentz Whaley Flessner has worked with boards and board management for years. We surveyed the nation’s leading private colleges to document how the various approaches to board management impact fund raising. Among the management practices tested: new member recruitment, new member orientation, member participation in setting formal expectations, fund-raising assignments, board solicitation, moves management with and of members, and board focus on fund raising.
This paper presents the summary of these findings and some recommended courses of action that follow from the findings.