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BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

They are volunteers, too!
Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~ 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 of advocacy.

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?

So 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 are looming.

Advocacy lets people know what your organization is doing. It produces friends and support, and, yes, money.


Other good sources for information on nonprofits, boards and committees:

Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.


See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Member’s Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
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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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