Fundraising 101

"Building Your Brand" Recap

Hi everyone! Becca here. I’m taking over Amy’s blog this week because I was so inspired by our “Building Your Brand” Speaker Series session yesterday that I wanted to share my thoughts with you. You probably saw in Amy’s last blog post that Giving Tree Associates was looking forward to…
Fundraising 101

Brand New Thinking

You may have received an invitation to next week’s Speaker Series program, “Building Your Brand”. Why, you might ask, would a firm that specializes in fundraising, leadership development and strategic planning offer an afternoon dedicated to branding to its clients and prospective clients? This would be a reasonable question. And…
Board Development

The Board Give or Get Quandary

This is the final post in our summer series on board development, and we’ve saved one of the meatiest issues for last. One of the most common questions I receive about board leadership relates to the board’s role as fundraiser (for) and donor (to) the organization: Should my board have…
Board Development

Onboarding Your New Board Members

So you have some new board members joining you this fall, which is exciting, but what’s the plan? How will you introduce them to the work of your organization, familiarize them with your case for support, engage them in committee work, and integrate them into your current board team? Sound…
Board Development

Training Your Board Committee Chairs

Two weeks ago, we talked about standing board committees – I described the typical standing board committee structure. Now, as you close in on the end of summer and think about getting your board back to work (unless they have been working all summer, and if so, good for you!)…
Board Development

Setting the Board Retreat Agenda

This being the third post in my blog series about the best use of your board’s time this summer, and after several references to the critical nature of the board retreat (I’m hoping I’ve convinced you to set a date for the retreat by now), I thought it made sense…
Board Development

Board Retreating: 6 and 6

Last week we talked about the actions your board must take this summer in order to ensure success in 2017-18. One of these actions was the planning of a board retreat. I want to spend a few minutes expanding on the value the retreat brings to the board team so…