These 90-minute drop-in sessions will provide an open, candid forum addressing the concerns and challenges that the participants bring to the session, whether they are board leaders, board members, or the executive staff who work most closely with boards. All are welcome, including those who are interested in serving on a board but have not had an opportunity to serve in that role previously.

On February 26, 2024, our topic is Board Giving. As nonprofit leaders, we understand the critical role board members play in advancing our mission. Financial support from board members can be a game-changer. That’s why many organizations have implemented ‘give or get’ policies, empowering members to contribute personally or tap into their networks for funding.

While these policies demonstrate commitment and unlock external resources, they can also pose challenges, such as financial strain and perceptions of favoritism. This has prompted a shift towards ‘give AND get’ policies, ensuring every board member has a personal stake in our organization’s success.

Join us for an insightful discussion where we’ll explore these policies and practices, sharing experiences from a diverse range of nonprofits. Whether it’s setting annual giving targets or encouraging meaningful contributions, we’ll discuss strategies to foster board engagement and maximize impact.

Together, let’s learn from each other and propel our organizations towards greater success.

February’s Board Café meeting will be held via Zoom Monday the 26th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

About the Facilitators:

Board memberNancy March, a retired Tucson attorney, has served as Board President for several non-profit organizations of different sizes over the last 25 years and has been fortunate to work alongside some inspirational leaders along the way.  These non-profits have included Arts for All/Third Street Kids, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, and, currently, True Concord Voices and Orchestra.

CFSA staff memberPaula Van Ness, a semi-retired nonprofit executive, now serves as Director for CFSA’s Center for Healthy Nonprofits.  She has served on several nonprofit boards over the last 45 years, including many stints as Chair or in another leadership role in addition to partnering with boards when she served as CEO.  Currently she chairs a nonprofit homelessness organization based in Los Angeles and serves as Secretary of the Pima Foundation (Pima Community College Foundation) and in a leadership position for her church. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Development and has completed the BoardSource Certification as a Nonprofit Board Consultant.