Better boards

So many people working in charities complain about their board. This should not be happening! In this special showcase dedicated to good governance, Simone Joyaux ACFRE will be adding a new article each month that will show you how to make your board the best ever.

CDE project 15 summary: the role of trustee boards and senior managers

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

Fundraising’s evolving future will inevitably have profound implications for volunteer boards and senior management teams. This project will help them to understand the changes in their roles and to prepare for, contribute to and respond to fundraising’s new agenda.

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CDE project 15 appendix 1 & 2

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

CDE project 15 appendix 1 and 2: the role of trustee boards and senior managers 

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CDE project 15 appendix 3

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

A series of conversations with trustees, CEOs, fundraisers and others close to the sector about governance.

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CDE project 15 appendix 4

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

Literature Review by Angela Routley

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CDE project 17 summary: leadership

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

Building on previous learning this project will define what makes great fundraising leaders and what leadership they need from their senior management colleagues and their board if they are to deliver the competent, motivating leadership that will sustain and direct the new style of fundraising that is evolving in Britain.

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Are you asking for gifts personally, face-to-face?

by Simone Joyaux

Simone Joyaux has a wealth of experience in how to talk to donors and asks a very pertinent question: are you asking for gifts personally, face-to-face?

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Enabling volunteers to do the right stuff

by Simone Joyaux

Simone Joyeaux is determined to help nonprofits get their governance right. In her latest article for SOFII she writes about the importance of enabling your volunteers.

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Hey Mr Fundraiser: stop asking your board members to trespass

by Simone Joyaux

Always outspoken, Simone Joyaux doesn’t let us down this week when she tells a reluctant board member: ‘If you’re not willing to do the work, get off our board. Go away’. But she also gives sound advice on how to get the very best from our boards.

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Create a menu of choices for board members

by Simone Joyaux

More tips from Simone Joyaux on not only how to get your board involved in your fundraising, but to get them to love it.

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Involving your board and board members in fund development, part three

by Simone Joyaux

Your board members reluctance to take part in your fundraising could be down to plain fear. In Simone Uncensored this week you'll find some useful tips on how to show them that it is a great, fulfilling thing to do – nothing to be scared of at all.

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Simone Joyaux

Simone P Joyaux, ACFRE is described as ‘one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector’. A consultant specialising in fund development, strategic planning and board development, Simone guides countless organisations and professionals through her consulting and coaching, teaching and writing. She teaches in the graduate programme for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, in Minneapolis, USA. Her books include Keep Your Donors, Strategic Fund Development and Firing Lousy Board Members. As a volunteer, Simone founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organisation. Currently she chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the UK and the board of cirectors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Simone and her life partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity.

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