June 27, 2024

How CEOs Boost Board Involvement in 15 Minutes a Day

Is Your Board Pulling Its Weight? 15 Minutes Can Change Everything

Struggling to get your board engaged? You’re not alone. But what if you could unlock their potential in just 15 minutes a day?

This video offers a powerful strategy for busy nonprofit CEOs like you. It’ll show you how to move from frustration to a board that’s a true force multiplier for your organization.

Forget group asks. Focus on individual impact.

The secret lies in specific, tailored requests. Learn the four criteria for making asks that board members can’t refuse (and actually want to do!). Plus, get real-world examples you can use right away.

Free Up 15 Minutes (It’s Easier Than You Think)

We all have 15 minutes somewhere. This video will show you exactly how to find it in your daily routine (hint: ditch that first social media check!).

A Simple 4-Day Plan for Board Engagement

The video lays out a step-by-step approach to get you started. In just four days, you can identify a board member, make a strategic request, and build a stronger relationship.

Unlock the Power of Your Board

Stop feeling frustrated and start feeling supported. Watch this video and discover how 15 minutes a day can transform your board from a burden to a game-changer.


Watch the full video now and learn how to create a board that fuels your nonprofit’s success!

Summary: Maximizing Your Nonprofit Board’s Potential: A 15-Minute Strategy

How much weight is your board carrying? Is it like this or better, or more like this and less? Perhaps you’re like Chris, who told me, “I don’t have time to take my board on as another project, but I really need their help.” If this is you, I have something simple, quick, and effective that you can do in less than 15 minutes a day.

The Basics of Board Contributions:

Remember that even the most minimal board is helping you do some critical things:

  1. Meeting legal requirements
  2. Providing credibility
  3. Acting as a sounding board

The Power of Individual Requests:

The secret is to move from group ask to individual specific requests.

Criteria for effective requests:

  1. Important and part of your strategy work
  2. Task suited to the board member’s abilities
  3. Acceptable for the board member to decline
  4. Ideally completable in less than 15 minutes

Examples of Effective Requests:

  1. Inquiring about grant opportunities
  2. Seeking speaking engagements
  3. Networking at business events
  4. Joining relevant subcommittees

Implementing the 15-Minute Strategy:

Day 1: Identify a board member and a specific task

Day 2: Send an email requesting a 15-minute discussion

Day 3: Have the call and make your ask

Day 4: Send a thank-you note and follow-up materials

Why This Approach Works:

  1. Direct requests for help
  2. Small, manageable tasks
  3. Relationship building
  4. Leveraging board members’ networks

By implementing this 15-minute daily strategy, you can transform your board from passive to active, significantly enhancing your nonprofit’s community connections and impact.

When you ready, here’s how to set up a chat to talk about your nonprofit.

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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