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Purpose Driven Boards and Community Centric Fundraising

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Let’s make a deal – I’ll make it a practice to share what I’m reading and learning, and you tell me what you’re reading and learning. We’ll all learn together. It makes me giddy to think about the potential.*

As a consultant, I get to work with boards and board members – people who have answered yes to a demanding volunteer job for which few people get adequate preparation or recognition. Why do they do this? Passion for a cause. Commitment to an organization. A drive to make the world better. 

I want to do right by these generous leaders and have been paying more attention lately to articles and research related to nonprofit board leadership.

In a year-end post from Stanford Social Innovation Review with their 10 most-read articles from 2021, I found:



Wallestad makes the case that “in the face of increasingly pressing systemic inequities, nonprofit boards must change the traditional ways they have worked and instead prioritize an organization's purpose, show respect for the ecosystem in which they operate, commit to equity, and recognize that power must be authorized by the people they're aiming to help.” Read the whole article here.


I was struck by the parallels between the principles of purpose-driven board leadership and the principles of community-centric fundraising. I’m curious what you think are the similarities and the differences.


What impact could the practice of these principles have on our communities? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

And let me know how Sarah and I can help you and your board. We’d love to partner with you in board development, strategic planning, feasibility assessments, fundraising, campaign planning, and communications.

I look forward to the conversation.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

*It’s true: I’m a learner. People who know me well (and probably even those who know me a little), can attest to this and the Strengths Finder assessment affirms it. Give me a new challenge – and sometimes an old challenge– and I’ll find a book, an article, a blog, maybe even a video on the topic. What do you think I should read next? Let me know here.

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