A Learning Opportunity: The Importance of the Board-Advancement Relationship

The roles of your governing board or foundation board are not always easy ones to explain.

Are the members of these boards simply supposed to be effective stewards of the institution, fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities and protecting the value of the many assets of the institution?  Or, are the members supposed to be much more – proactive champions of the institutions who build trust with others as much as they protect the institution?

If your institution wants to advance in significant ways and is looking to raise meaningful dollars, understanding how to build stronger advancement-related engagement of all board members is a must.

This summer – July 18-19 in Boston – Jim Langley, former vice president for advancement at Georgetown University, and I will lead an important Academic Impressions Conference on the topic of Growing a Strong Board/Advancement Relationship.  This conference received such strong attendance and response from our first go round that Academic Impressions has decided to host it again.

I hope you take full advantage of this opportunity and join us in Boston.  Bring a team of your Board members to learn, to share, and to gain deeper insights on how your institution can better serve and be served by these valuable constituents.  Your advancement program will benefit greatly because your most valuable relationships will be strengthened.

I look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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