#afpfc The 3 Gs – Give, Get and Get Off from a Board Member’s Perspective


Presenter: Marty Martin, JD

Board responsibilities that are core

~Leadership – single most important responsibility.  Sets the direction for sailing.
~Management – delegates  when there is a failure in the organization, there is ultimately a failure of the board.
~Resources – not Money but it is an indicator, board needs to understand the cukture of organization, compliance with 4 ares of the law local, state, intl, stakeholders, abide with public opinion

3 leadership challenges faced in orgs

~Technical – infrastructure
~Adaptive –  you have to change
~Collective – can not solve problem of mission alone, but collectively working outside of boundaries can do.

“No one makes you come or stay but if you chose to stay, step up your game.”

3 Board fun(d) Raising Rules

~Every board member contributes every year.
~Every board member participates in fundraising events every year.
~There are no rules or exceptions to numbers 1 and 2.

The Ask, a very good book.

Why serve on a board? The real reasons people want to be on
~The external motivators – business interests, community status/prestige, pressure to join, desire for power
~Internal – mission, accomplishment, desire for meaning, desire to learn; orgs that learn the fastest, are reflective will thrive

What board members need

~Mission strategy
~NPO knowledge and experience
~Team building and training
~Meaningful and substantive  work
~Accomplishments and achievements

Ten building blocks of leadership, Michael Guillot

Personal Building Blocks

~Purpose – Passion and commitment, you can not go out and buy it or replicate it. An individual brings it. The quiet question of, “why?”
~Knowledge – Seek to understand your role and create more effective structure of organization. Used to sustain and expand leadership. Connect to other practitioners, read. Don’t sit with the people you know when attending conferences.
~Courage – the will to do what’s right. Takes mental and moral strength to prevail. Focus on mission. Fight fear and keep it moving.
~Appreciation – see no value in the negative in the world. Each one of our organizations was created to change, touch someone in our communities.

Imagine your organization 5 years from now when everything is the way you want it to be. How does it look like? What colors do you see?

Organizational building blocks

~Vision is the heart of effective leadership. It creates a collective voice.
~Adaptation – responding change. ~Sustainability. Establishing early warning systems of people, systems. Try to anticipate change before it comes.
~Relationships – it’s all about this and based on respect, examples are not like the business model. People are placed over the task. Creating social capital.

Communal level

~Impact – looks at changing people in our community. The how and why we need data, metrics. Why we matter resides outside of the organization but is driven within it.
~Stewardship – not like corporations. 3 lessons: you are being trusted with assets of community, while in your care you have to handle with integrity, and you are accountable.
~Justness – To lead is to seek justice.

3 enigmas –
~executive and board relations ~philanthropic fundraising,
~leadership selection and development  

The best leaders have a fierce ambition to make good on their mission.


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