1. How to Strategically Build a Board Comprised of Better, More Effective Fundraisers

How to Strategically Build a Board Comprised of Better, More Effective Fundraisers

How to Strategically Build a Board Comprised of Better, More Effective Fundraisers
Event ID: 40056
Session ID: 14026

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, executive leadership, development staff, program managers, supervisors, board members

Nonprofit leaders understand the importance of the board of directors. Fundamentally, its members are critical in cultivating the necessary financial support to implement the mission. Who is elected to the board – and the vetting process itself – can directly impact the effectiveness of the team, the combined resources available, and ultimate success of the work at hand. Alternatively, a poorly chosen board can result in wasted time, squandered opportunities and unnecessary headaches for the nonprofit’s in-house leadership.

Because of the board’s crucial fundraising role, most nonprofits can benefit by looking beyond nominating committees and rethinking the way they recruit board members in order to ensure their team is comprised of the most qualified, connected and effective individuals. Please join Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, for a session that will help you identify, cultivate, recruit and retain board members that are committed to the mission of the organization, understand their role as, and are best suited to help the organization meet its goals, especially in the area of fundraising.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understanding why nominating committees don’t work
  • Recruiting highly qualified board members
  • Identifying the many roles of board members
  • Analyzing strengths and weaknesses of your current board
  • Developing a profile for prospective board members
  • Developing a plan for board development for the organization
  • Attracting board members with more community ties
  • Vetting effective fundraisers


Our conference leader for “How to Strategically Build a Board Comprised of Better, More Effective Fundraisers” is Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. Linda is one of just over one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her thirty years in the development field, she has managed capital campaigns, helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and has trained more than 30,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States. Linda is a graduate of Alvernia College in Reading, PA with majors in banking and finance; communications; and theology/philosophy. She is a graduate of AFP's Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants. She is also a prolific writer, having authored more than a dozen books, and is currently working on several more books. She serves as acquisitions editor for CharityChannel Press and For the GENIUS Press. Linda has received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP. She was honored in November with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP.

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