November 21, 2016

How to Create Nonprofit Board Member Income Heroes

If you don’t have enough board members helping you obtain the resources you need–it might be your fault. I don’t say this to blame you. Instead, I share it to make you aware of your power. 

Let me explain.

Board member income heroes are created, not born. Hero creation is developmental. At some point in the past, even the best income heroes suggested garage sales and contacting Warren Buffet. 

What happens to change them? Someone like you taught them. They might have learned under the wing of a family member or a mentor. They became wise through a series of intentional or accidental events, including listening well, evaluating success, and experiencing income generation or failure.

To create income board heroes, you help ordinary people take intentional steps toward heroism. As they move, you help them gain and refine skills. Throughout their terms of service, you enable every member to grow their income-generating abilities.

Your adventure to your superheroes might be short or long. In any case, you lead them. How will you act to get your board members to don their hero capes? Claim your superpowers. Recognize your ability to create board member heroes and then act. 

Resources to help:

  • 7 Nonprofit Income Streams for the nonprofit sector and income information that every board member needs to develop income strategy.
  • To stimulate a discussion of your sustainability, profits, and beyond, give your board this free Open the Floodgates Assessment.  
  • Contact me about a board session on becoming income superheroes.

For more answers, check out this Nonprofit CEO Library.

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Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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