[News] Do You Have an Annoying Board Member?

There’s that old saying about annoying people: if you don’t have one in your life you might want to look in the mirror…

This week, Wild Apricot looks at  different types of annoying board members. It’s really not that people are annoying, they might just see things differently than we do. The next time you find someone a little irritating, it might help to focus on their passion – rather than our reaction to them. (As I write this, I’m sitting in a coffee shop because my internet somehow got knocked out earlier today. I’m an introvert surrounded by loud people and loud music that yes, I find a little annoying. So I’ll try to take my own advice… easier said than done!)

If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out the Nonprofit Leaders Network podcast I highly recommend it. In the latest episode Chris McFarland shares about the almost 10-fold growth PULSE has experienced over the last few years.

Warm regards,



Pratfall – how mistakes make you more attractive | 101fundraising

Pratfall is a term coined by psychologist Elliot Aronson to describe the bias of how your attractiveness to someone or something increases or decreases after making a blunder or a mistake (or a pratfall). The impact of pratfall depends on how you are already perceived. If you are well regarded, a pratfall can make you more appealing.

8 Types of Annoying Board Members | Wild Apricot

Nonprofits are a magical place filled with super passionate, hardworking, and extremely motivated individuals. I’ve had many opportunities to work with some of these fantastic people and it’s been an absolute pleasure. But, sometimes when you get a bunch of equally passionate people in one room for a Board Meeting, some people’s quirks become apparent.

Fundraising Planning

“Fundraising Bright Spots” Highlights Orgs That Are Beating the Odds in Individual Giving | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog

Who’s doing well with individual giving? FUNDRAISING BRIGHT SPOTS: Strategies and Inspiration From Social Change Organizations Raising Money From Individual Donors, sponsored by the Evelyn & Walter Hass, Jr. Fund, explores some possibilities. The new report profiles organizations that are beating the odds and achieving stellar results in individual giving. Combined, the 16 organizations in the report have raised more than $14.5 million from individuals in 2014-15. Here’s what they have in common…

The Meaning of Philanthropy, Not Fundraising | Clairification

Amid growing realization within the social benefit sector that this is leading to unsustainable levels of donor attrition, the Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund recently released their report, “Beyond Fundraising: What Does it Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?” What’s special about this report is that it lays out concrete ways for nonprofits to consistently take better care of their constituents. It shows the way to becoming attuned, buoyant and clear – treating all people, donors and non-donors, as your partners in philanthropy.


5 Ways to Engage Online Like You Mean It | Care2

…social media and the Internet should be like a cocktail party – you should be mingling and engaging with your guests. Be welcoming, courteous, and fun. How can you engage online genuinely, and really captivate your followers? Let’s take a look at a recent study on to see how other organizations are rocking it, or failing pretty hard in the social sphere.

Create a Welcome Series for New Supporters in 3 Easy Steps | npENGAGE

What, you don’t have a welcome series? Don’t panic: it’s easier than you think to create one. In fact, you just need to follow these three easy steps and you’ll have a welcome series that leaves your supporters asking for more…

Fundraising Tactics

The Hole in Your Fundraising Program. | artful fund raiser

Almost every organization has a few key stakeholders whose philanthropic support is critical, who believe in the mission so deeply that they can counted upon for generous investment year by year. And those folks are stewarded carefully, often by the CEO directly. Similarly, most organizations do a fair job at stewardship of smaller donors. But what do we do with mid-sized donors? If Colleen’s data is to be trusted, most mid-size donors don’t feel they’ve been appropriately stewarded nor asked specifically to support the organization again.

How to harness persuasion: Cialdini’s 6 principles and you | Hands-On Fundraising

Maybe a little neuropsychology will help with fundraising.

This week, Roger Dooley’s blog includes a nice summation by Tom Polanski of the work of Dr. Robert Cialdini, who identified six principles of persuasion. …so many applications for fundraisers! See what you think.

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