Presentation on theme: "The Power of an Engaged and Proactive Advisory Board."— Presentation transcript:
The Power of an Engaged and Proactive Advisory Board
Learning Objectives for this Session Sharing ideas about what makes an Advisory Board Powerful. Tips to recruit, retain and sustain active and engaged AB’s and how they can enhance NAF Academies and, most importantly, the students.
Based on your most pressing need, today, what would you do first to improve your current board?
What we Learned from the Survey Respondents Demographics: Boards established 5+ years Active members 2-5 Impact 60% of potential
What we Learned from the Survey Top reasons your Board is Effective Good & Diverse Leadership Engaged/Committed Members Goals / Strategic Plan Academy/Board Structure Cooperation AdministrationTeachers/StudentsIndustry
What we Learned from the Survey Catalyst for Improvement: Clear Structure & Goals Better Communication Community Involvement NAF Support/Best Practices Fundraising
What we Learned from the Survey Top Challenges: Implement ideas (Leadership) Budgets Internships Recruiting Members Finding Sponsors
It begins with a Shared Vision Strategic Planning Identify the top needs for the year Internships Classroom Integration with Business Community Field Trips A New Library What are your Board’s goals for the year?
Are the Right Players on your Bus? Are they in the right Seats? Do you have a great driver looking 100 yards ahead Who’s holding the map? Is your mechanic on board in case? Who’s asking why we’re going there?
Cards on the Table Pick a card, one card, that most represents the value you bring to your team, your board.
The Matrix Balance of Working Styles Community Diversity Industry Representation Expertise
Creating Raving Fans – not just good board members Platinum Rule – Help others matter Connect them with Students, progressively Progressively encourage them to engage others Provide tools and events to make it easy for them to engage: scheduled tours, breakfasts…
Creating Raving Fans – not just good board members Touch them, regularly but not too much Provide options: full board, committees, councils Structure – together, create clear tasks & direction for your board members
Example: We need a Marketing Person Networking: Where??? Just like dating – go where you have a passion LinkedIn Agencies, Associations, fast 50, Winners Local larger companies have CMO’s Should I go direct? Board members who work with agencies and give them $$ Board Matching Networks
Summary - Effective Measures & Advice From Survey Goals - Strategic Planning Membership – Large & Diverse Board Recruiting – Strong Leaders & Members with the “right” skills Structure – provide clear tasks & direction for your Board Members Gaps -
The Right Shared Goals Assessing Gaps Recruiting the “Right” People Structure + Engagement
Recruiting a Marketing Person Board Matching Organizations and Sites www.serve.gov www.serve.gov www.allforgood.org www.allforgood.org www.volunteermatch.org www.volunteermatch.org www.bvumaryland.com www.bvumaryland.com
Board Structure Large Group Regional Based Sub-committees Large Group Activity Focused
Board Chair- person School Staff Industry Advisors Students /Parents NAF Staff
Board Chairperson Committee NAF Staff / Teachers Parents & Students Industry Committee NAF Staff / Teachers Parents & Students Industry
Classroom SpeakersField Trip FundraisingCareer Day Board Chairperson
Providing a Structure of Engagement Common Gaps: Fundraiser members from Large Corporations (potential sponsorship, internships, etc.) Leaders & Doers