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Trustees & Volunteers



Trustees & Volunteers


The board of a nonprofit organization is crucial to fundraising success. If the board is not committed to fundraising, the organization cannot reach its fundraising potential. Nearly all fundraising campaigns rely upon a cadre of committed volunteers to solicit gifts and achieve goals.

To be a board member , a trustee, is to take on multiple responsibilities. Governance and oversight of staff are perhaps the two most important. But right up there with them is the responsibility to assure the solvency of the organization and its ongoing ability to fulfill mission.

Without committed volunteers a nonprofit cannot execute a traditional fundraising campaign. Volunteers, like board members, who in reality are volunteers themselves, are proof of the commitment to the organization of a community of interest. By their involvement they vouch for the organization and its fundraising efforts. By their actions as leaders and solicitors in fundraising campaigns, they provide the opportunity for success.


Articles about Trustees & Volunteers


Do Not Ignore Nonprofit Basics

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How to Build a Nonprofit Board That Can Fundraise

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How Board Members Can
Become Effective Fund-Raisers

So, you've been asked to join the board of a non-profit organization, or maybe you're already on the board. In either case, here's some advice. Never sit on the board of a non-profit organization unless you are willing to express your leadership by asking friends,...

In Search of the Elusive Major Giver

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How to Recruit Your Volunteer Fund-Raising Team

Volunteers are the lifeblood of a development operation, and trustees are the most important volunteers of all. The trustees approve an organization's budget and they must accept personal responsibility for raising called-for contributed income. They are expected to...

Annual Fund Giving & Getting
Guidelines for Trustees

All of your organization's fund-raising campaigns must have the leadership and the financial support of your Board of Trustees. The most important of those development efforts should be the raising of funds necessary to maintain and enhance your organization's...