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Board role in advancement

What is the board’s role in advancement?

Board members carry an important role in organizational advancement efforts. In an ongoing way, board members should expect to:

• Designate adequate resources for the advancement program, including personnel and budget, and review results annually.

• Consider potential board members who are experienced in fundraising or well-connected to possible funding sources.

• Partner with the CEO and staff to maintain strong, healthy relationships with all key constituencies.

• Host and/or be an enthusiastic presence at special events.

• As appropriate and comfortable, identify prospective donors, personally solicit gifts and thank individual donors.

• Be regular, generous contributors to the organization.