A quick internet search on any nonprofit topic will turn up thousands of results. Whether it is hacks for grant writing or ideas for silent auctions, there is no lack of information on any aspect of running a nonprofit. However, even the best grant writer in the world will do little for your organization, if you have an unengaged board.
Do you have issues with nonprofit board members who are unprepared, uninvolved, and underused? Boardable’s CEO Jeb Banner recently sat down with a panel of nonprofit veterans to explore the causes of strong and weak board engagement, as well as methods to keep board members feeling invested in the organization and engaged in the mission.
What good board engagement looks like, and how it affects a nonprofit organization.
Factors that lead to great (or terrible) board engagement.
How to improve board engagement once it has deteriorated.
Thoughts on the future of board engagement, including the use of technology to improve it.
Accompanying Jeb in the webinar were our panel guests, representing every role in a nonprofit board environment.
Fred Duncan, CEO of Little Red Door Cancer Agency. In his experience as CEO, Fred offered a valuable perspective of how a nonprofit staff member can promote healthy board engagement with the team. Fred brings over 15 years of experience in the fundraising and management side of nonprofit governance.
Jen Pendleton, Vice President of Aly Sterling Philanthropy. Jen has devoted her professional career to helping nonprofits reach new heights. As a CFRE, she has worked with Riley Children’s Foundation, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, and the Boone County Community Foundation. She now works as a consultant and self-described “board governance nerd” to help nonprofit boards understand where their potential lies.
Bruce Kidd, former or current board member of: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (board chair), American Pianists Association, and numerous university entrepreneurial organizations. While Bruce works in the financial services sector in his day job, he has spent many hours of his life in board meetings and knows what good board engagement feels like. Bruce has even started his own successful nonprofit, so he is an invaluable perspective of the board member experience on our panel.
This is an information-packed hour of thoughtful discussion and actionable advice on how to turn up your board’s engagement levels.
Working with a nonprofit board is a challenging but rewarding endeavor. Your time and energy makes such a difference in the world around you. Keep up the great work, and stay tuned for our next webinar, with a focus on improving the nonprofit board experience.
Interested in more information on how to improve board engagement? Our recent ebook, “How to Increase Nonprofit Board Engagement” contains actionable advice for how to keep board members feeling invested in the organization and engaged in the mission. Download your free Board Engagement ebook now.
An Indiana native and Purdue University graduate, Caroline has used a love of writing and people in the nonprofit world as an executive director, marketing consultant, fundraiser, and event planner. When she isn’t managing content marketing at Boardable, she enjoys volunteering in civic events and helping her community improve.