BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
~ October 2006 ~ Topic
SPEAK UP!: The Power of Advocacy
Boards often talk too much about the board's responsibility
for helping with fundraising and don't talk enough about the importance
If we go on the board of an organization we believe
in, shouldn't we want to talk about it with our friends, acquaintances
and other people who might want to help the organization? If not, we ought
to question WHY are we serving on this particular board? Do we really
feel enthusiastic about it?
tell your friends about the organization. Bring it up when relevant at
social occasions. Share materials with people you know who are interested
in your cause. Send letters to the editor of your local paper. Write letters
to your elected representatives, local and national, when important issues
Advocacy lets people know what your organization is doing. It produces friends and support, and, yes, money.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
Jeanne H. Bradner
Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.
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