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Boards That Love Fundraising. A How–to Guide for Your Board

  • ID: 2293025
  • Book
  • March 2004
  • Region: Global
  • 128 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A How–To Guide to Becoming a Board Member Who Loves Fundraising

Boards That Love Fundraising is an easy–to–use workbook in which board members will find the information and skills they need to overcome the "fear factor" and become confident, successful fundraisers.

Written by Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman leading experts in the field of fundraising and board development Boards That Love Fundraising not only shows that all board members (no matter the level of experience) can learn to raise funds but also provides effective tips to the more experienced fundraisers. This workbook explains your fundraising responsibility as a board member while it

  • Provides information on board structure and its impact on raising money
  • Outlines the concepts that will empower you to ask for money effectively and fearlessly
  • Describes the wide variety of methods nonprofits use to raise money and the board’s role in each area
  • Shows how to recruit board members who can help with fundraising
  • Explores the vital issues of fundraising planning, staffing, evaluation, and working with consultants

Using this indispensable tool, board members will learn how to transform their ideas about "begging for money" into opportunities to urge citizens to invest in their enterprise through philanthropic contributions. Boards That Love Fundraising provides a wealth of exercises to pave the way to successful board fundraising efforts.

Praise for Boards That Love Fundraising

"Zimmerman and Lehman have more than two decades of hands–on experience helping board members know how to do their job. This workbook distills their knowledge into helpful and easy exercises and tips that everyone in the nonprofit can use to raise more money."
Kim Klein, publisher, Grassroots Fundraising Journal

"The wisdom in Boards That Love Fundraising helped me and our board of directors deal with some of our most challenging issues. In this day and age, fundraising by board members is critical to the success of any nonprofit organization including ours. Zimmerman and Lehman will help your board get there, too."
Janet Knipe, executive director, California Youth Correction

"Bob and Ann’s book is so readable yet filled with knowledge and wonderful exercises. It is sure to be a hit with any current or future board member."
Marcie Storch, director of development, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, California

"With step–by–step guidelines, this book is a ‘must have’ for those engaged in fundraising."
Allyson Hewitt, executive director/directrice general, Safe Kids Canada

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About the Authors.


1. What Every Board Member Needs to Know to Start Fundraising.

The Five Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board.

Specific Board Fundraising Responsibilities.

A Healthy Board.

Advisory Boards.


2. Fundraising Rules Underlying Successful Appeals.

Programming Determines Funding.

Getting People to Ask.

People Love to Give Away Money.

People Give Money to People.

Fundraising from the Perspective of the Donor, Not the Applicant.

People Give to Strength, Not Crisis.

Specificity is Next to Godliness.

Successful Fundraising Depends on Careful Record Keeping.

Ten Percent of the People Give 90 Percent of the Money.

Donors Gifts Must Be Recognized Immediately.

Good Fundraising is Opportunistic.

3. The Board s Role in Specific Fundraising Activities.

Individual Contributions.

Contributions from Businesses.


4. Effective Board Recruitment.

Whom to Recruit.

How to Recruit.

5. Primed for Fundraising.

Creating a Development Plan.

What the Board Needs to Understand About Fundraising Staff.

What Development Staff Can and Cannot Do.

Specific Fundraising Roles.

Fundraising Costs.

Working with Consultants.

Evaluating Your Fundraising Effort.


Resource A: Major Donor Solicitation: Asking for the Gift.

Resource B: Major Donor Solicitation Scripts.


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Robert M. Zimmerman
Ann W. Lehman
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