- Be an advocate for the institution.
- Be a ratifier of the institution’s mission, vision, and strategic plans.
- Be an advisor regarding the capacities, interests, and opportunities to more deeply involve current donors.
- Be a door opening influencer for institutional leaders to engage new donor prospects.
- Be a resource guarantor so the advancement program has the human and financial resources needed for success.
- Be a generous giver.
Those are the key responsibilities. And, really, they are pretty simple to understand and easy to implement.
Here’s the hard part:
It’s our responsibility to ensure that the members of the Board are educated, inspired, and engaged so that they joyfully fulfill these obligations.
It’s tempting to focus only on what our Board members should be doing. The real work begins with us.