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Have you ever made an announcement at a board meeting and everyone is excited and pledges to be involved in this new plan or initiative? WOO HOO!
Then, a little time goes by and it’s like crickets. Nobody is doing anything and you feel like you’re in it all alone. Where did everyone go?
When you work with a nonprofit board, creating an environment where participation is valued is essential. Reflect on this a minute and ask yourself, “How have I encouraged and supported the success of each volunteer?”
You want to be sure you’ve created a true partnership where both staff and volunteers are holding each other accountable and are there to support each other. When you do, you’ll see volunteers leaning in and following up, asking you what you need, requesting information or guidance and performing at a higher level than before! All that leads to more money, more people and more community awareness. Wouldn’t that be nice?
What can you do to keep board members engaged between board meetings?
Your board members are committed to the success of your organization. Sometimes they need more direction and follow up to confidently engage between meetings. And when your board is fully engaged, you’ll be able to raise more money, recruit more people to your cause and increase community awareness!
If you’d like to learn more about the 10 keys to an engaged board, try out his checklist and see how you measure up!
Cindi spent many years as a nonprofit professional, 18 of those as a YMCA Executive Director. She has successfully led boards and staff teams to navigate their toughest hurdles. At Create Possibility, she is a fierce advocate for nonprofit leaders across the U.S. so they can build stronger boards and reach their goals faster. Learn more about her work now at www.possibility-cp.com