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Getting the Board Onboard: What's the Issue? Who Can Address It and How?


Enthusiastic, dedicated and full Board involvement is essential for success fundraising. Board members may be nervous about fundraising – not because they cannot do it, but because they didn’t hear about it during recruitment, never learned how to do it and think they will make enemies of their friends if they ask. Participants in this webinar will review best practice board roles and responsibilities, examine a framework for assessing the type(s) of resistance the organization must address, and then use the framework to draft an action plan to address and overcome the resistance!

Participants will:

  • Review and discuss the levels of Board member knowledge, skill and engagement.
  • Assess the types to resistance Board members are demonstrating using the model of Technical and Adaptive Challenges developed by Ron Heifitz, of the John F Kennedy School of Leadership at Harvard University
  • Using the model, develop a preliminary action plan for acknowledging the issue(s) and mapping out an action plan to replace the resistance with engagement and action.


  • Robbe Healey

    Roberta (Robbe) A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE, has practiced philanthropic fundraising and non-profit organization management for more than forty years. She is an accomplished fund raising generalist with successful track record of establishing new development offices, board and volunteer training. She is Vice President for Philanthropy of Simpson Senior Services as well as Founding Member of Aurora Philanthropic Consulting. She Chaired the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International (AFP) 2009-10 and completed twelve years of Board service in December 2012. She is a member of the AFP International Ethics Committee.

October 16, 2019
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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