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Bill and Melinda Gates Delivers New COVID-19 Funding

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed an additional $250 million to support the research, development, and equitable delivery of lifesaving tools in the global effort against COVID-19. Marking the end of a year focused on the scientific breakthroughs needed to end the pandemic, the foundation calls for global commitments to making these innovations available in 2021 to everyone who needs them.

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Fundraising Drives: The Power Of A Name

Fundraising drives with sizzling names raise more money. It’s a statistical fact. The name of your campaign, annual drive, or new program should be dynamic and memorable, and convey your values to donors and funders, and the passionate impact you seek. Consider these successful names: “Close to Home” is the name for the University of Connecticut’s UCONN Foundation Faculty and Staff Annual Drive which includes various direct giving options plus automatic payroll deductions. The name says it all and conveys the powerful sentiment of belonging, that faculty, staff, and supporters constitute a family. “Second Show” is a thrift store that

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Your Leadership Council’s Fuel: Legitimacy

This is part five of a five-part series. To read part one, What Does A Leadership Council Do, click here. To read part two, Defining and Naming Your Leadership Council, click here. To read part three, Four Situations Best Served by Your Leadership Council, click here. To read part four, Establishing Your Leadership Council, click here.   Legitimacy is based upon respect through association. It’s similar to the way a prospective employer checks an applicant’s job references. A leadership council is a group of people who effectively say, through their association, “We’ve checked this group’s references and they’re solid.” As you can see in the

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Establishing Your Leadership Council

This is part four of a five-part series. To read part one, What Does A Leadership Council Do, click here. To read part two, Defining and Naming Your Leadership Council, click here. To read part three, Four Situations Best Served by Your Leadership Council, click here.   The first step in recruiting Leadership Council (LC) members is to clearly define what it is you are expecting of them, both in terms of time commitment and ultimate goals. Remember that anyone you approach is going to be, in all likelihood, a busy person, and people have their own time obligations. I recommend that you identify

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Four Situations Best Served By A Leadership Council

This is part three of a five-part series. To read part one, What Does A Leadership Council Do, click here. To read part two, Defining and Naming Your Leadership Council, click here. Just as there are different types of leadership councils, there are key moments in your growth when a leadership council can help your nonprofit. Consider these four big moments:   1) When an Acquisition, Merger or Strategic Alliance is Underway When two organizations join, either through acquisition, merger or strategic alliance, the new board of directors doesn’t necessarily have to just double in size. Everyone may not be

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Defining & Naming Your Leadership Council

This is part two of a five part series on leadership councils.  Part One: “What Does A Leadership Council Do?” (click the text to read the full post)   Finding a powerful name, and defining the purpose, should be top on your list of tasks as you start and develop your Leadership Council. Here’s three reasons why: You want the members themselves and the public to take notice. You want to convey energy and vision. You want to differentiate it from the Board of Directors. Meeting all three criteria is essential.   Secondly, there are many ways to define your

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What A Leadership Council Does

A leadership council is a group of individuals outside of your board (though some of them may also be board members) who fulfill a number of special functions for your agency. Unlike your board members who assume a governance responsibility, the council is a nongovernance group. This is part one of a five part series on leadership councils. To read part two, “Defining and Naming Your Leadership Council”, click here. Click here to tweet this article. What A Leadership Council Does Depending on the type of council you empower, a leadership council can enable you to achieve any number of

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Board Giving: Most Recent Stats

Your board member’s giving is necessary for many reasons. Consider these top whys and wherefores. An appeal letter is particularly convincing if a board member uses him or herself as an exemplary donor, with the ideal being the board member offering a challenge gift. The donor that you are approaching often wants to know that the Board members are giving generously. Secondly, the board is responsible for providing a sound financial basis for your organization. By personally contributing, a board member recognizes this responsibility and demonstrates a commitment. Board members should be asked for multiple year pledges as so eloquently

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How To Shake Up A Board Meeting

Board service is often an unseen and thankless job, and the problem of getting trustees more engaged and involved is part of the larger issue of “organizational culture-shift.” Because listening to reports makes people passive, it is no surprise that board members tend not to speak up. Open-ended questions stimulate conversation. Consider shaking things up by having meetings where there are no reports but only an agenda with good questions. This is what a colleague of mine, Thomas A. McLaughlin, author of “Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances: A Strategic Planning Guide,” calls a shift from a typical board agenda to a

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