Toolbox: Board Member Job Descriptions

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS The board job description is used to recruit new board members, to remind current board members of their role and responsibility to the organization, and in some cases, to let board members go who cannot discharge their board responsibilities. Therefore, the board member job description should be signed and dated, a copy kept in the board member’s notebook, and another copy kept…

Toolbox: Becoming Your Donor’s Favorite Cause

PURPOSE AND INSTRUCTIONS This exercise will help you identify ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated, in the know, and included in the work of your organization.  How donors feel about your organization is a strong indicator of whether they will give again or not. Distribute a copy of this handout (available here as a PDF) to…

Toolbox: Review Your Mission Statement

Does your mission adequately and accurately reflect your organization’s purpose? Is it succinct and to the point? Can you remember it without looking? Your organization’s mission is the most important governing statement under the board’s responsibility. The mission (or fundamental purpose) of an organization should be revisited regularly to be sure it accurately reflects the work you do. A strong mission will answer the questions…