Training Item

Five Ways to Fire Up Your Board to Fund Raise

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Resource Type:On-Demand/Downloadable
Training Level:Intermediate

This workshop will detail five strategies for igniting your board’s involvement and commitment to fundraising.  It will provide working tools for inspiring their passion, providing boards with key knowledge that they can use, create measurable, bite sized opportunities for board member action, build a donor community culture within the board and finally encourage continued fund raising engagement.  The workshop will provide ideas of materials you can use at a board meeting to help promote fund raising along with examples of roles that each board member can play, regardless of their excitement or knowledge of fund raising. 


The workshop focuses on the development of the board as an engaged partner with the organizations leaders in the fund raising initiative.  The workshop can be shared with board members, fund development committee members or other volunteers who want to help the organization succeed in their fund raising efforts.

This workshop will help you leverage the board and other volunteers so you have more support for development – even if they are reluctant to ask for money!


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand core strategies for building board involvement.
  • Gain tools can be used at every board meeting to engage the board in fund raising.
  • Identify manageable roles for each board member to participate in the fund raising strategy.




How do you ignite the passion of the board for the organization and their role as fund raisers?


What strategies can you use to fuel their knowledge so they become actively involved in development for the organization?


What key tasks light the flame to get every board member doing something that builds the donor base and creates opportunities to ask for support?


How do you create combustion and keep the board engaged but not burnt out?


What strategies are critical to keep the glow of involvement burning in the board both during their term and beyond?



Recommended Use

Fund raising staff, executive directors, board members

Is Fee?No
Content Areas:
  • Board Development
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • New Program Development - Funding Model
  • Agency Governance - Non-Profit
Provided By:
Jeannette Archer-Simons
Jeannette Archer-Simons, CFRE
phone: 717-635-8354
Jeannette Archer-Simons, CFRE - Management and Fund Raising Consultant – is President of her own firm. She is an expert in organizational assessment, strategic alignment, fund raising strategy and nonprofit leadership.  She raised over 30 million dollars during her nonprofit career.  She has developed and implemented successful strategy to address fund raising, Board, transitional, and start up issues for numerous nonprofit organizations.  She is a Preferred Consultant for the Nonprofit Resource Network at Millersville University and for Third Sector New England.  

Over 17 years, she served as CEO of three large youth organizations.  During her tenure the organizations achieved significant growth in volunteer involvement, membership growth in diverse communities, and sustained funding growth across multiple funding streams.  In addition, she led organizational and staff development strategy to build strong boards and leadership teams that were recognized in each community served.  She launched her consulting practice and has provided strategic planning, fund raising and organizational development support to a variety of organizations ranging from the foundations, senior centers, crisis management, mental health and victim’s services organizations, education institutions, municipal agencies and emergency services organizations.  She has provided fund raising, communications/advocacy strategy and board development workshops for thousands of participants of organizations including; Leadership Harrisburg, the Nonprofit Resource Network, the Association for Fund Raising Professionals, University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program, the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff and CASE.  In addition, she provides business planning and revenue generation strategies for small businesses.     

Prior to her nonprofit leadership, she has worked in the for-profit sector and has experience in financial and estate planning, insurance and in advertising and marketing. She has a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Ambrose University.  She is currently writing her dissertation for a PhD. in Higher Education and Leadership.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a Certified Girl Scout CEO (CGCEO).  She also has certificates in Executive Education in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel Center and has completed the Management Training Institute from Yale University and Conflict Resolution Training from Nova Southeastern University.   She also is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.

She has served in numerous community leadership positions from Board Chair/President to various officer, board and committee positions.  Some of the executive leadership positions include the boards of Boys and Girls Club (Pennsylvania), Family Support Alliance (Pennsylvania), Junior League (Connecticut and Florida), Association of Fund Raising Professionals (Connecticut and Florida), Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Broward Women’s Alliance, United Way of Broward County (Florida) and the Capital Area (Connecticut), Family Central, and Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council.  She also is an active leader with Red Cross, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, Leadership Harrisburg and various other leadership and community organizations.  She is a graduate and member of Leadership America, a national women’s executive leadership program.  She has been recognized with a Frances Hesselbein Scholarship award, as a Woman of Distinction by the March of Dimes and as a Woman of Note, by the New Haven Business Times.  She is also the recipient of the highest national awards in Girl Scouting, the Thanks Badge (1992) and the Thanks Badge II (2007).

She is also a national speaker and trainer, having presented at meetings such as the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Parole and Probation Officer’s Conference, Big Brother, Big Sister Conference, Association of Fund Raising Professional’s,  Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff.   She also is a contributing writer and trainer for Charity Channel a nonprofit web resource and a freelance writer for Patriot News.