Aha moment: ensuring adequate resources for the organization is a key role of a non-profit board
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We learned an important lesson in the Governance Workshop facilitated by the Association of Foundations (AF) for the project â it is the Board who is primarily responsible for assuring that our organizations have enough resources to carry out the organizationâs plans as approved by the board.
It is easy to confuse the role of the executive director vis-à-vis the board on this particular responsibility. While it is appropriate to consider the executive director as the chief fundraiser of the organization, his or her performance is largely linked to the boardâs capability to open doors, influence potential donors and guide the organizationâs resource development plan. On the other hand, individual board members can help in fundraising, but this requires that the management and staff are able to support the board in doing the legwork (writing the project proposal, for example) and understanding that fund development is not only raising resources but more on helping donors fulfill their objectives.
Nevertheless, ensuring the financial sustainability of the organization is still largely the responsibility of the Board. The Board should periodically review and approve the rationale and plan for resource mobilization which should be consistent with the organizationâs mission. The plan should be able to answer why the organization needs the money and how it will be used.
Join the conversation
- In your Board Development Plan, what are some of the action steps you have identified or have already done, which worked well in making the Board more active in resource mobilization? What were the concrete results of these steps?
- On the other hand, what was the most difficult part in involving the Board in resource mobilization? How did you address this challenge?
- Share your tips and techniques in engaging the Board more actively in raising funds to support your mission.
- Association of Foundations (AF)âs Effective Board Governance Workshop for the âStrengthening the Capacity of CSOs Projectâ
- BoardSource, Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- Nonprofit Quarterly, âYour Board is not a Fundraising Squad,â August 11, 2011
When project term ends, staff just go their own and you are left with your Board who never received any salary. Another AHA!
I love my new board.
There are ways by which the Board can also be involved in fundraising activities directly, and their role here must also be clarified, as raised earlier by Dada. I know of some NGOs who invite their Board members in visiting their partner communities. In turn, the Board members who get to interact directly with the NGOs’ program beneficiaries are the ones who donate from their own pockets to set an example of giving, and who get excited in asking their friends to also donate and in speaking about the NGO’s programs to other potential supporters.
We hope to hear more tips about involving our Boards in fundraising and in exercising their lead role in resource mobilization from the other practitioners in this discussion group as well :-)
The Governance Workshop helped us in identifying how we can reorganize the board and ensure continuity. We plan to do the "orientation of the Board" in a more subtle way, by providing a Board Manual for all Board Members.