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You Can’t Keep Asking Board Members. Once In A While, You Have To Give.

May 6th, 2014 by Karen Climer

Do you attend your board members’ events?  The board member who is the bank president  invites you to attend their annual open house.  Do you attend?  Or the board member who works for the insurance company invites you to attend a chamber of commerce event that the insurance company is hosting.  Do you go to that one?

I hope you answered yes.  Of course, you can’t go to every event that every board member invites you to, but I hope you go to most of them.  You expect board members to support all of your events.  Don’t you think it is fair to support their events?

There are several reasons to attend board members events.  First, it’s a nice thing to do.  You know how much work is involved in putting on an event.  The board members worked just as hard putting on their events.  They want people to support it.    Second, you will meet people that might be interested in your nonprofit.  Your board member might even give you advance notice of whom you can expect to be there.  Third, it’s a nice thing to do.  That one bears repeating.  We are always asking board members to do something.  Please donate to this campaign.  Please attend this event.  Please serve on this committee.  Please introduce me to a donor.  Please please please.  Once in a while, you can give to a board member instead of taking.

The next time a board member invites you to their corporate function, say yes.  Your board member will appreciate it.

Posted in Board of Directors

One Response

  1. Elle

    Definitely a great way to meet new people with the possibility of adding them to your pipeline!

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