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NTEN Rocks!

I just returned from Atlanta where I joined 1,400 energetic, optimistic and innovative nonprofit professionals at NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference.  Wow!  Whatever one's specific field of interest: from I-Giving to impact measurement to Branding to engaging donors through all kinds of social media to behavioral considerations of fundraising to  high level sessions for IT staff -- it was all there!  NTEN is generously sharing lots of handouts and  resources from the conference for those of you who couldn't make it and for those of us who could not get to every single session (although we tried).

As a Professor of Technology and Fundraising at New York University, I was particularly pleased with the integration of the basic fundamentals of fundraising with the cutting edge tools of tomorrow.  Presenters duly considered not just the tools themselves, but how they should be integrated to build relationships with donors and prospective donors to raise more money and build a better world for us all.

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How Much is a Seat on that Board?

One of the most common questions I get from nonprofit board leadership is:  "Should there be a minimum donation for board members?"  My answer is usually:  "Yes, and no."  Yes, at a minimum the donation should be personally generous and meaningful.  It should be the biggest charitable donation that board member makes in the course of the year.  However, one cannot quantify "personally generous."

The rules are a bit different among New York City's most prestigious cultural boards as Robin Pogrebin reported in Saturday's New York Times, in a great article entitled Trustees Find Cultural Board Seats Are Still Highly Coveted Luxury Items. Check it out to see the current prices of admission  to boards such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art ($10 million), the NY Public Library ($ million), snd Lincoln Center ($250,000).

However money isn't everything and as you'll read in the article, it's also critically important to demonstrate a significant passion for the cause, make connections and not be hesitant about asking others to support your organization. 

Further, the article also discusses the importance of making expectations of each board member crystal clear  before he or she comes on board. 

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