Does Your Board "Get" Nonprofits?
The earnest board nember leaned forward at the planning meeting and asked, “Why don’t you run this agency like a business and charge what it costs?”
What happened next?
The meeting dissolved into controversy over pricing, client ability to pay, and federal regulations … and tempers flared. It was all unnecessary. If board members were knowledgeable of nonprofit business rules, regulations, practices and philosophy, and if they understood the importance and obligations of the organization’s preferred tax status, the meeting would have stayed on track.
What is your agency doing to ensure that board members, and resource and marketing committee volunteers understand your agency as a part of the nonprofit community?
Think about how you can educate your leadership at meetings, retreats, and during the onboarding process for new volunteers. The effort will be rewarded in better governance, more effective messaging, and educated advocacy by your volunteer leadership. Including staff is a good idea, too.
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About the Author
Len Iaquinta is president of Excellence in Communications in Kenosha, Wis. He is a member of the Resource Organizational Advancement Resource Solutions Committee.
He is known for the breadth of his skill set and his depth of experience in nonprofit fundraising. Throughout his fund development career, he has raised millions of dollars in major gifts, grants, and annual fund donations. He has created successful fundraising programs at public and private institutions from New York City to Milwaukee and Chicago.
Iaquinta earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University (Medill School) and Columbia University in the City of New York (Pulitzer School), respectively.