Leadership and Board Development

The ideal board of directors or leadership team? It’s engaged, energized and informed. Its members communicate readily and respectfully. Its leadership has both a long-term vision and the practical expertise to guide members to consensus. Does this sound a little like your board? Almost like your board? JVA’s leadership and board development products and services can help your board fill in the gaps to reach its potential.

Board development retreat facilitation

If your board has new members, or if any members seem unsure about their roles, JVA can facilitate a retreat to help the group set clear expectations and boundaries. Sometimes, board members who seem disconnected are just uncertain what’s expected and need some guidance. Sometimes, permission to participate is enough to reinvigorate them.

We also recognize that your board likely consists of people with varying backgrounds, interests, agendas and levels of commitment. Finding consensus can be a challenge. JVA’s facilitation team has decades of experience in conducting culturally responsive meetings, and we have the tools and experience to elicit participation and inspire buy-in from individuals with a variety of perspectives and personalities. We’ll help you get your team on the same page.

Board recruitment and development plans

If your board needs to replace a retiring member, or if it’s expanding or just being formed, JVA can help you fill vacant seats with appropriate people. We’ll help you create a board recruitment and development plan tailored to your organization and its specific needs and goals.

JVA has tips to help you determine what to look for in a board member based on the stage of your organization’s life cycle. We can tell you the three attributes every board member should have, regardless of organization. And we’ll help you conduct an inventory of the attributes you already have on the board and qualities that might complement them.

Engage your board in fundraising

Here’s a freebie on the role of a board of directors: its primary purpose is fiduciary—guarding the organization’s assets. Hand in hand with that responsibility is the board’s duty to engage in fund development.

If we had $1 for every nonprofit board member and executive director who wants to get the rest of the board more involved in fundraising, our entire JVA team would be working from a villa in Tuscany—or maybe a nice house in Steamboat Springs. The problem with the way most boards approach fundraising is that they demand that all board members do the same thing, such as sell two tables to an event. Or they use outdated ideas like “Give or Get” policies.

Based on the latest research in fundraising and in engagement, we have a better way to involve all of your board in fundraising. It allows board members to choose their own fundraising adventures, leveraging their strengths.

This service includes the following:

  • Meeting with executive and board leadership to assess areas of board fundraising strengths and challenges
  • Creating a customized fundraising menu that furthers your nonprofit’s fundraising goals
  • Facilitating a fun and interactive two-hour session with your board that:
    • Reconnects members with the mission and reminds them why your work matters
    • Introduces them to the latest research about fundraising and what motivates donors
    • Helps board members map potential donors to the organization
    • Teaches board members an easy and comfortable way to talk about your nonprofit from their personal experience
    • Allows board members to select from a menu of options

In the end, board members personally commit to specific tasks they will undertake in the next year to help your nonprofit acquire, retain and thank donors.

So how do you make sure your board is a well-oiled, results-producing machine? With thoughtful planning and management. When it all comes together, the energy is infectious, projects are propelled forward, and the community benefits from the dedication and momentum.

Contact us, and together we’ll get to work on a plan for your board!