Penelope Burk | The Donor-Centered Board
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The Donor-Centered Board

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“ISAS has featured Penelope Burk in its professional development line-up numerous times over the past four years. She has presented to multiple constituencies and connects with the learning needs of each group very well. She knows the work of Institutional Advancement inside and out and is able to provide outstanding, highly creditable research to support her observations and ideas. We trust her to be knowledgeable, engaging, personal, and flexible.”

– Heather Junker, Director of Programs and Professional Development, ISAS

It’s hard for me to listen to a presenter for more than 30 minutes; Penelope Burk captivated me for 7 hours. That speaks volumes.

– Ann Coffey, Chief of Staff – University of Louisville
Specialized Leadership Training

The Donor‐Centered Board is offered through a flexible array of formats and session lengths in consideration of Leadership Volunteers’ busy schedules. In‐person sessions led by Penelope Burk are generally ninety minutes to three hours in length. They can be structured as independent sessions, contracted separately, or combined as a  longer opportunity for Board retreats and special training opportunities. Single topics can also be addressed inside regular board meetings as web‐ based interactive sessions. These Board Webinars can be purchased individually or as a series of 20 to 30‐ minute training and information sessions on fundraising.

Leadership Volunteers and Donors: A Natural Fit

According to donors, Leadership Volunteers can persuade them to give and give more generously than they could have ever imagined. This is especially so for volunteers who serve on Boards of Directors. Yet, most Board members don’t realize they have that influence; nor do they know how to leverage it to help their not‐ for‐profits raise more money. While four out of five Leadership Volunteers acknowledge their responsibility for raising money, the majority lacks the necessary confidence to do a good job.

 

The Donor‐Centered Board is a practical remedy for Boards of Directors that are under‐engaged in fundraising or focusing their time and energy in less productive directions. Led by renowned author and trainer, Penelope Burk, this interactive forum demonstrates how any Board or individual member can have a profound impact on the bottom line by engaging in activities that are both appealing and rewarding. The Donor‐Centered Board builds confidence among the team while demonstrating how the Board, CEO and Development staff are all essential to fundraising success ‐‐ but in different ways.

The Donor‐Centered Board: Leading Not‐for‐Profits in Changing Times

Boards are vital to fundraising, but fundraising is just one of their many responsibilities. The Donor‐Centered Board features tested strategies that capitalize on Leadership Volunteers’ influence with donors while respecting the fact that their time is limited. Based on over ten years of research with thousands of donors, The Donor‐Centered Board helps volunteers raise more money by following donors’ simple but highly effective recommendations.

The major decisions Boards make concerning fundraising can launch not‐for‐profits into a whole new level of success or seriously restrict revenue growth. With so much at stake, your Board needs to know what your donors want and what works and doesn’t work in fundraising today. And, they need to know how to quickly and easily assess whether their not‐for‐profits are heading in the right direction. The Donor‐Centered Board equips Leadership Volunteers with a simple and practical way to evaluate their own and their organizations’ progress so that they can lead their not‐for‐profits to greater heights.

“The Donor‐Centered Board” In Action

  • Where donors are headed – new research on what donors expect from the not‐for‐profits they support
  • Why donors can’t say “no” to leadership volunteers and why volunteers have no idea they hold that power
  • How volunteers can raise money without asking for it
  • How Board members can shine at Donor Recognition Events
  • “This Won’t Take Any Staff Time” ‐‐ How Boards can evaluate new events and avoid disaster
  • “We Have to Have the Money Now!” and other risky decisions that Boards make that limit fundraising success
  • More Money or More Profit – How Boards can become better decision‐makers by adopting an investment/return perspective
  • How to Build a Fundraising Board: What the Nominating Committee needs to knowbefore it recommends candidates to the Board
  • Your Job or Mine? – Where do the fundraising responsibilities of paid staff leave off and those of Board members begin?
  • The Unexamined Board: Why Boards need to evaluate their performance in fundraising and how doing so makes raising money so much easier

Session Format and Length

The Donor‐Centered Board is offered through a flexible array of formats and session lengths in consideration of Leadership Volunteers’ busy schedules. In‐person sessions led by Penelope Burk are generally ninety minutes to three hours in length. They can be structured as independent sessions, contracted separately, or combined as a longer opportunity for Board retreats and special training opportunities. Single topics can also be addressed inside regular board meetings as web‐based interactive sessions. These Board Webinars can be purchased individually or as a series of 20 to 30‐minute training and information sessions on fundraising.