Board members: Were you told you wouldn't have to ask for money when you were recruited for your board?
Presidents: Do you tell prospective board members that fundraising won't be their responsibility?
The people over at Contributions magazine say that this is not good.
Andrea Kihlstedt is the author of How to Raise $1 Million (or More!) in Ten Bite-Sized Steps. In her latest article in Contributions, she exhibits some tough love. "Let's have the courage to insist board members walk the walk and talk the talk," she says. "In doing so, we will create stronger organizations that will, in turn, build a better future."
Kihlstedt insists that taking a hard line will not drive away the people that institutions need. "I'd rather serve on a committed, high-functioning board that expects and encourages me to make a difference than on one that assures me it won't take much of my time or energy."
Good food for thought.
Read the short article here.