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Managing a Fundraiser
by the Booster Clubs of America
As a member of your organizations board of directors you have been chosen by your peers as a leader in the club. Possibly you have just been elected or you may be an "old hand." In either case your job is an important one with much responsibility.
The function of the board of directors is to establish and review major policy and plans of the group. Board members have specific legal and fiscal responsibilities to the members of the club, depending upon the degree and level of your club's organization.
Your job as a board member will involve working cooperatively with your president, your fellow board members, and club members.
This brochure is designed to help you achieve goals as a booster board member.
REPRESENTING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Your membership looks to you for representation of their ideas and for you to make your own contribution. Success will largely depend upon your ability as a director. Some of these suggestions may help:
WORKING WITH YOUR PRESIDENT
The position your president holds is one of great responsibility. You can help him considerably by offering accurate information and keeping him informed with respect to current membership needs. Your greatest contribution to him and your membership is your intelligent and active participation in your board of directors meetings. To make every meeting productive you must be prepared and contribute. Here are a few suggestions:
WORKING WITH YOUR OFFICERS
Whether he/she is called president, executive director, vice president, secretary, manager, or executive officer it does not alter the fact that these individuals are your officers, and are eager to help you in your role as a director.
Occasionally one of the officers may ask you to organize a committee. You may wish to consult with another officer for recommendations regarding persons interested in the subject your committee is to consider. He/she might also offer suggestions as to how your committee can accomplish its objectives.
At times you may suggest new activities, or a change in present activities. Before offering such suggestions, it would be wise to consult with a single officer as to whether or not your proposal fits into the clubs policy.
At times you may wish to offer suggestions but for personal reasons do not care to be identified with the. Should this situation arise, your president can be instrumental in having yours offered anonymously. Although officers serve as the administrative leaders of the club, they are dependent upon your support and guidance as a representative of the members. As one who is close to the membership, your responsibility in representing member needs and desires even when they may be at odds with current established thinking is a vital one. Constant and effective communications between you and your officers is imperative.
Your term on the board of directors is significant for the organization and you personally. The goals you set for yourself and for the board will determine the direction the club will take during the coming years. Keep those goals in front of you as you plan out the year ahead, and how those goals relate to the needs of the membership and the community. Use the thoughts in this booklet as a guide as you approach your responsibilities on the board of directors. As you achieve your goals, your mark on the board of directors will be one of accomplishment and influence over the future course of the organization.
Editor's Note: Leadership Tips for Fundraisers by the Booster Clubs of America was originally published as a pamphlet and is reprinted with permission.
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ISSN 1530-6127 - Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
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