Institute for Charitable Giving

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When I Joined the Board, I Was Told I Wouldn’t Have to Ask for Gifts

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It’s absolutely amazing what you don’t raise when you don’t ask. Board members cannot abdicate their responsibility for raising funds. No Money, No Mission. In every organization, it requires philanthropy to meet its mission.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be drawing on some of the top reasons Board Members and Volunteers give for not being willing to solicit—and more.


I must tell you, I’m embarrassed. I apologize. You shouldn’t have been told that. Perhaps it was different then. Or maybe philanthropy wasn’t as important.

Today, in order to meet our mission and provide the service we should, raising funds is essential. We need every Board member to become involved.

That’s why we’re asking all Trustees to help us. Philanthropy is more important for us than ever.


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