(from an ongoing series in the Grantstation.com newsletter: Grantseeking and the Nonprofit Board - a conversation between Alexandra Peters and Cindy Adams. This is part 1 of 5)
Introduction by Cindy Adams, CEO of GRANTSTATION
Developing a partnership with your board in the grantseeking process is a somewhat new concept. Boards are often less involved in grantseeking then they are in any other type of fundraising effort. In fact, there is a misconception that the board really has no role in the grantseeking process. However, the board can be extremely helpful in building the credibility of your organization in the eyes of the grantmaker.
Over the past three to five years there has been a trend within the grantmaking community to take note of the role of the board within the organization. Not just the typical question of do they donate money, but rather an eye toward the board’s involvement in the guidance of the organization. And if they are actively involved in oversight, that board will be a more credible board.
This Tracks to Success series in the Grantstation newsletter is a free flowing conversation between Alexandra Peters, one of the most accomplished and experienced board leaders I have met, and me, (about 40 years of grantseeking experience.) We hope that this conversation will shed light on the role of the board of directors in identifying and securing grant funding. Read More