Today’s blog post is written by Elise Rebmann, Renewals & Retention Manager, PatronManager.
When I was starting out my career in non-profit arts management, I felt very intimidated by board members. At the time, these types of folks seemed very far away from where I was — just out of college with a new baby, and unable to comprehend being able to afford the $3000/year annual contribution required to be on their level. I pretty much lived in fear that if I messed up a board member’s subscription order somehow, I might lose my job.
As I gained experience and worked my way up in the non-profit world, however, I began to realize that board members are mostly just superfans of the work being done, regardless of their net worth or status. And for the most part, they are very approachable and kind people who are invested in the success of your organization. In fact, at one organization I worked at for a period of time, I was able to candidly ask some board members to introduce me to some of their personal acquaintances and business associates to help sell ads, with quite good success.
Certainly though, not every board member helped me with that project, and in fact, I recall that some members rarely showed up to board meetings at all. Looking back, I realized it was probably because they were bored. Read the Article