Title Excerpt Publish Date
Storytelling Tools for Your Board

What if I told you there is a magic tool to use to unleash new energy & commitment from your board members? There is. Insert storytelling activities for board members into your meeting agendas and retreats.

April 10, 2019
Firing Up Your Fundraising: Expanding Your Reach. Engaging Your Board. March 18, 2019
6 Steps to Getting the Board of Your Dreams

Having an exceptional board can be a hope, and a wish, and dream for many nonprofits.

I work closely with many organizations across the country each year and I often find that the time put into recruiting and orienting new board members is dismally inadequate.

June 13, 2018
Lori’s Favorite Nonprofit Board Soapbox Topics

I’m pretty passionate about how staff and board members can work together and in this podcast I dispel some myths about what nonprofit board members should or shouldn’t do.

April 25, 2018
Engaging Your Board Archive January 15, 2018
NLOMA Conference Feb 2017 – Expanding Our Reach. Engaging Our Board. February 21, 2017
Four Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Board Share More Stories

You already know putting a face on your impact is key to raising more money. And that means having your staff and board share more stories about your impact.

February 8, 2017
Recorded Webinar: Engaging Your Board, Expanding Your Reach August 26, 2016
5 Reasons Your Nonprofit Board Doesn’t Do What You Want Them to Do

What I find most often when I work with board members: their intentions are good. BUT you or your staff can make it look like you really don’t need them. . .

June 22, 2016
Download: 10 Tips for Engaging Your Board February 8, 2016
Your Actions May Be Disempowering Your Nonprofit Board

Have you ever heard a young child emphatically say: I. Can. Do. It. Myself. when you attempt to help them with a task they are truly invested in completing themselves?

January 27, 2016
Pre-Recorded Webinar: Recruiting Amazing Board Members December 10, 2015
Mediocrity Creates Ineffective Boards

One of the most powerful ways to change the story of the way people talk about your organization is to focus on your internal communications . . .

June 2, 2015
7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money

As we close out the month of focusing on how to change your board story here is a list I share at my fundraising action planning sessions and other coaching and training I deliver.

February 25, 2015
Workbook for a Successful Board Download for Workshops February 23, 2015
Donor Stewardship Game for Nonprofit Board Members

At first this may sound like just a silly or simple game. The reality is this is a powerful way to utilize your board members to create a meaningful donor connection.

February 11, 2015
5 Ways to Cause Board Members to Maintain Enthusiasm Throughout Their Board Service

The theme of the year for this blog is: changing your story. Today let’s talk about how to change your board story. I spent the past few days creating a new training about how to recruit board amazing members for CharityHowTo. I waded through tons of terrific articles and one of the most common themes […]

February 4, 2015
Do It! Get Your Board Engaged in 2015

I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” I actually think people are asking the wrong question. I believe the question is: “What should we do differently to cause board engagement?” If you want your board to show up, be educated about your mission, enthused about their duties, talk to […]

November 19, 2014
Mission Possible: Your Workbook for a Successful Board November 17, 2014
Shift the Energy: Connecting With Your Board

One of the most powerful things we do is create authentic connections with people. I believe the second most important thing we do in our nonprofit sector, after the connection has been made, is cause people to take action. Whether it’s giving time, money, advice, or in-kind support you are often searching for people to […]

November 12, 2014
Mission Possible: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” And my answer is: Not all of your board members should or are able to help you ask for financial gifts. If you want them to speak about your organization with passion, sharing stories about those you serve, invite others to […]

July 23, 2014
Increase Board Engagement with a Fun 4-Step Scavenger Hunt

Often, I encounter staff of nonprofit organizations saying, “our board isn’t very engaged.” Here’s a quick, easy, and fun way to create an atmosphere of board engagement at your fundraising events, performances, and any gathering where board members and supporters of your organization are present. Prior to the event, performance or meeting: Provide each board […]

May 28, 2014
An Open Letter to Nonprofit Boards from Your Staff Leadership

People who want to do good work but aren’t sure how, are frustrated, or talking in circles and not taking action or simply rubber stamping staff work: Sadly, that’s how I’d describe some of the boards and staffs I’ve observed. It’s time to publicly share common themes I experience when working with a nonprofit boards […]

April 23, 2014
Do You & Your Board Play Well Together?

You have a board of directors. They show up to meetings, most of the time. Many do more than simply showing up. Right? But do they frequently and passionately talk about YOUR work with their friends, families, colleagues, book group, the soccer moms, and others? When I’m asked to work with development staff and the […]

August 21, 2013
5 Questions Every Board Should Ask

When I have the opportunity to work with nonprofit boards I invite them to answer five powerful questions. These 5 questions every board should ask allow for important discussions to unfold while focusing on the value the board brings to the organization. In my experience, I find staff sometimes grumble about what the board is […]

May 15, 2013
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