Deborah Halpern of DGH Communications in Chicago draws our attention to a bulletin she received from Weisman Hamlin Public Relations in Los Angeles (how did we live before the Internet?), laying down the law on the role of nonprofit Boards:
The Board Hates To Raise Money
Most board members hate to ask for money. Yet, it is their main function as board members. It is their fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Failure to fund raise should be grounds for ejection from serving on the board.
When the board says they want to hold a fund raiser, make sure they understand they will be the main resource for raising those funds. It is illogical and unethical to rely solely on staff to do the fund raising. Staff can support fund raising efforts, staff can and should do grant application work, but raising funds is the main responsibility of the board.
Contact your local or statewide non-profit association for help on this issue. Such associations often hold workshops for board and staff on fund raising matters.
By Sydney Weisman. From Good Press for Nonprofits: Elevate Your Media Profile, Weisman Hamlin Public Relations 2114 Fifth Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90018 323-730-0233 Contact: David Hamlin, email@example.com (c) 2005. Used by permission. WHPR’s Free Tips really are absolutely free and available by subscription at www.whpr.com. These Tips, which cover a full spectrum of media management, marketing and PR as a fundraising tool, are available to one and all.
"Grounds for ejection from serving on the board"! How nice to encounter someone even more doctrinaire on this important subject than the Nonprofiteer.