Support Center, The Board’s Role in Fundraising
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When: 03/13/2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: 32 Old Slip
24th Floor
New York, New York  10005
United States

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Getting the board to fundraise can be a very challenging experience even when board members recognize that a primary responsibility of any nonprofit board is ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to meet its mission.  

Meeting this responsibility can involve many things, including:

  • Ensuring that there is a viable development plan in place; 
  • Partnering with staff to meet annual fundraising goals; 
  • Helping to identify and cultivate potential donors;
  • Owning their responsibility to act as ambassadors for the organization;
  • Making a personal gift;
  • Soliciting donations from their extended personal universe; and
  • Helping to create and maintain a culture of philanthropy throughput the organization. 

This interactive workshop offers ample time to discuss specific individual challenges, help participants identify the dynamics of effective fundraising, discuss ways to overcome resistance and examine how their own relationship to money influences their ability fundraise.  We will discuss often thorny issues such as:

  • Instituting “Give/Get” policies;
  • Requiring 100% board giving; 
  • Transitioning from a programmatically focused board to a fundraising board;
  • How to establish and communicate fundraising expectations to current and new board members; and
  • Enhancing the board’s capacity to fundraise.


Frank Abdale is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Abdale Consulting, with 20+ years of demonstrated success in the nonprofit sector.  Frank is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, a Senior Associate Consultant with the Support Center|Partnership in Philanthropy, Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Long Island Crisis Center/ Pride for Youth, and the former chair of the Association of Nonprofit Specialists (ANS), a premier resource for consultants working in the nonprofit sector.  As chair of ANS, Frank led a small organization on extended hiatus into new relevancy, created their signature program “The Consultants Institute” and carved out a complementary space for ANS among the major management assistance organizations in New York City.  You can learn more about Frank, his team and his clients at
The former executive director of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, Frank transformed a small association into a nationally recognized force.  He expanded and diversified the agency’s funding base, built an effective grassroots and national advocacy program, wrote legislation introduced into the House and Senate and launched an international program focused on nutrition and HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Namibia.   His publications include Practical Abundance: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits that he used as the text for “Fundraising Concepts and Practices”, a course he co-taught at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies.  


$200,000 $70.00
$200,000 - $999,999 $110.00
$1,000,000 - $5,000,00 $145.00
$5,000,000+ $175.00
Unaffiliated / Student $70.00
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