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One of the challenges for practically every nonprofit is having board members who are not comfortable asking for money.


Since fundraising is critical for every organization, then what do you do?

Join me on Friday, August 3, for Nonprofits TALK facilitated/ workshop discussion. I am excited to introduce a nifty exercise, The Cycle of Fundraising, which will help you redefine "fundraising" and explain that it's NOT just about asking. In fact, most of the cycle is about what happens before and after a request.

With this exercise you can demonstrate that there's something in fundraising that every board member can feel comfortable with, so everyone is an important part of the process. 

NPT meets at The Lace Mill165 Cornell Street in Kingston; free parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street. Come to the West Gallery, 8:30-10 A.M. for bagels and coffee and conversation on August 3. Prompt start and finish.

Contact Susan with questions. See — and hear — you at Nonprofits TALK!

Golden Nuggets on The Primary Roles of a Board Member

Thank you to Lou Klein, our guest speaker on July 6, for providing the information below.
  1. The only absolute and non-delegable duties of board members are setting policy and oversight.
  2. Policies are the operational guidelines for an organization.  They steer and protect the staff and the board in fulfilling the organization's mission. Both staff and board can be involved in policy formation.  The final decision to accept organizational policy is the task of the board, which also revises policies as needed. 
  3. Working with staff leadership, the board plays an active role in developing, approving and supporting the organization's strategic planning.
  4. The board responds to social, political and economic trends that impact an organization.  They make informed projections to help the organization anticipate and respond to change, such as by clarifying its missions, goals and objectives; revising spending practices; and re-shaping programs and operations.
  5. The board does not get involved in detailed staff processes and procedures.

About NPT

Nonprofits TALK is a service for Hudson Valley nonprofits, with no cost to attend. NPT is a hybrid offering of training, workshop and collaborative problem solving that brings together a mixed group of local nonprofit professionals to tackle common organizational challenges.  Outcomes always include homegrown experience and wisdom that's specific to the Hudson Valley region.  If you haven’t joined us yet for a conversation, mark your calendar for August 3!

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