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How to Really Engage Your Non-Profit Board of Directors

We’ve been working with the Sierra Arts Foundation (SAF) to define their 10-year vision and build a 5-year strategic plan. It’s been a really rewarding experience working with such a talented group of mission-minded individuals.

As we moved from building their strategic objectives into goals and action plans, something really special unfolded.

Their board of directors has concrete actions and line-of-sight into how they can support the organization’s goals. And clarity is an amazing thing.

For any board responsible for fundraising, it can be challenging for board members to know, specifically, what to do to be a successful board member. Sure, fundraising is a huge component, but what else can the board accomplish to support the staff and organization to make a bigger impact in the community?

We had a huge, “ah-ha” moment that created clarity and understanding for the entire team as we moved from building their strategic objectives and goals and moved into year one action planning.

How Sierra Arts Foundation Accomplished This Feat

The Impact

Plain and simple, it’s answering the age-old question every board asks, “How can I help and what specifically is expected of me?” Plus, board members now have a clearer understanding of their role in the organization and can leverage their talents and connections to help the organization really focus on what matters: providing education opportunities for artists of all ages.

Of course, after participating in the development of SAF’s strategic foundation (Mission, Vision), the board has clarity of where the organization is going and how they and the staff contribute to the achievement of SAF’s goals.

Considerations You Can Leverage

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