Meet Hannah Berger, Fitz’s Senior Consultant

Hannah Berger, M.P.A, began working with Fitz Nonprofit Consulting in the spring of 2016. Since then, she has become an invaluable member of the Fitz Team and my “partner-in-fundraising-crime”. Hannah’s specialty is as a philanthropy coach to nonprofit staff and board leaders. She pulls on her incredible experience and expertise in working with major donors…

Board Retreat

I was lucky enough to facilitate the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation’s fundraising portion of their Board retreat a couple of weeks ago. Board retreats are a great opportunity for Board and staff to meet and address head-on some of the more challenging issues facing the organization. Holding the retreat offsite (if possible), gives…

“I can’t ask my friends for money”

How often have we heard that line from our Board and committee members and other volunteers? Often they are willing to give to your organization themselves, but are terrified at the thought of asking their friends. Here are some suggestions on how to calm their fears: When developing the potential donor list, you asked your…

Give. Get. Or Get Off.

I’m a strong believer that each nonprofit organization should have a specific dollar amount annual contribution for Board members. Some will argue this with me; however, I have seen many organizations struggle with collecting donations from their Board members. Even with Board members who can actually afford the dues. Have you experienced this with your…

Recruit Depot.

Now that you’ve put together a great list of potential Board members, it is time to recruit them. The first step is to reach out to each nominated potential Board member with a letter of interest and a one-page Board of Directors Overview that gives an overview of the organization, the need for new Board…

I spy… a new Board member.

After completing the Board Member Assessment Worksheet (Blog: A Bored Board, March 1, 2010), you may immediately realize that your Board lacks diversity — of gender, age and ethnicity. So, you immediately work to seek out diverse businessmen and women in your community. And what happens? Often you find a plethora of middle-aged white male…

Getting the Board “on board”

The Board Member Assessment Worksheet might also reveal that you have great Board members with a diverse set of skills and demographics. But, why does it feel like they are not acting like the great Board they should be? It may be time to train your Board on… how to be a Board. First, clarify…

Dead Weight.

So, you’ve completed the Board Member Assessment Worksheet and you realize that you have some pretty talented and skilled Board members. However, you may have also discovered that some of your Board members are not contributing a valuable skill, talent or demographic. What do you do about this “dead weight”? The easy answer is: find…

A Bored Board?

At the end of last year, I started to see a growing trend with my clients: 3-hour long Board meetings. These meetings were frustrating, tedious and an unfair use of our Board members’ time — not to mention, completely boring. Does your Board struggle with staying on task, executing effective discussions and moving quickly through…