One of the most common complaints from board members is that fundraising is not a part of their job description, so they shouldn't have to partake in it. The reality is that raising money is a huge part of a board's responsibility. If you're ready to start a board-bashing party, hold on just a second. Although it's easy to lay all the blame on the board itself, a lot of it should actually fall on the organizational culture.
In "Nonprofit Management 101," Bob Zimmerman writes that a nonprofit should create an environment that encourages fundraising. He lists three examples of bad organizational culture:
- Nonprofits that don't let board members know that fundraising is one of their responsibilities;
- Nonprofits that don't train the board in successful fundraising techniques; and,
- Nonprofits that don't recruit new members that have experience with giving and fundraising
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