Barriers to increasing fundraising governance skills on charity boards revealed

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 Melanie May | 14 July 2016 | News Tagged with: governance Research / statistics trustees A joint report into fundraisers and trusteeship by the Social Change Agency with the Institute of Fundraising, Peridot Partners and Hubbub has revealed the key barriers to increasing fundraising governance skills on charity boards.An initial survey by the IoF among fundraisers showed that over 90% believe having a fundraiser on their board of trustees would be helpful in their day job, with 78% saying that the idea of being a trustee appealed to them. However, it also revealed that 81% felt that fundraising skills and experience were under-represented on the boards and charities they had worked on.A subsequent GetRaising! event to find out why more fundraisers do not become trustees, brought together fundraisers, board members, Chairs, and CEOs and used open space methodology to explore the question “How can we increase fundraising governance skills and leadership in trustee boards?”.The results, shared in the resulting report GetRaising! Increasing Fundraising Skills on Trustee Boards, reveal the top 7 barriers to increasing fundraising governance skills on charity boards.Fundraisers feel that they are not the ‘right fit’ for charity boards, so are put off from applying.The perception of the time needed to be an effective trustee. Many thought the nature of the role unsuitable for a working person. Fundraisers felt they would be unable to secure the time off work, or fit the role in with their other commitments if they were not supported to take on trustee roles by their employers.Many fundraisers do not know where or how to look for trustee roles.When recruiting, it was felt that boards look for more traditional skills such as accountancy or legal experience, and do not consider fundraising skills to be as relevant.Where there are fundraisers on boards, like other specialist people, fundraiser-trustees feel pigeonholed and limited to operational considerations that may restrict their contribution, or leave them feeling exploited.The opposite problem can also occur, where boards misunderstand how professional fundraising should fit into wider organisational strategy. This can result in fundraising governance being taken off the board agenda altogether, reducing the effectiveness of any fundraiser-trustees or board-wide responsibility of fundraising.There are both real and perceived conflicts of interest when it comes to opening up contacts and networks for fundraising. Having fundraisers on boards may only serve to enable cannibalisation of contacts and resources.The report makes 18 recommendations for increasing fundraising governance on charity boards, including: ensuring that boards are clear on what they want from a fundraising focused trustee and make this part of any trustee recruitment strategy, ensuring that boards and chairs develop a greater awareness of the full range of benefits of having fundraisers as trustees, ensuring that charities consider how they can support their staff to become trustees, and the sector doing more to promote the benefits of fundraiser-trustees.The full report can be downloaded here:  101 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Barriers to increasing fundraising governance skills on charity boards revealed  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

LIVE: Goalkeeper Ochan dropped for Uganda vs Namibia

first_imgNamibia 1 (Nekundi 90+2) Uganda 0Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Zambia        2 2 0 0 5 1 6 – qualifiedNamibia       2 2 0 0 2 0 6 – qualifiedUganda        2 0 0 2 1 4 0Ivory Coast   2 0 0 2 0 3 0#TotalCHAN2018 TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Cranes team at CHAN. Dropped is goalkeeper Ochan. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAFT: Uganda ??  0  Namibia ?? 1 | Zambia ?? 2 Ivory Coast 0Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre will again depend on Derrick Nsibambi for goals, as Shaban Mohammed is out injured in the must-win match today against Namibia.“Shaban Mohamed (forward) is out injured and should be ready for the final match against Cote d’Ivoire,” Desabre said ahead of Uganda’s second match at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.Meanwhile, goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan who made an error in the opening game that Uganda lost 3-1 to Zambia, has been dropped. Coming in goal is Isma Watenga.Rusty debutants Namibia already have a win under their belt, having scored in stoppage time on Sunday to shock the Ivory Coast 1-0 in Group B during the opening round of matches at the African Nations Championship.Cranes starting line up: 19-Watenga Isma (GK), 14-Nicholas Wadada, 3-Isaac Muleme, 5-Timothy Awanyi, 4-Bernard Muwanga (Capt), 21-Taddeo Lwanga, 23-Milton Karisa, 10-Mutyaba Muzamiru, 11-Derrick Nsibambi, 15-Sadam Juma,17-KyambaddeGroup BAt MarrakechZambia 2 (Mulenga 8, 74) Ivory Coast 0last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Tight Wire

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE“I’m up on the tight wire, one side’s ice and one is fire. It’s a circus game with you and me. I’m up on the tight rope, one side’s hate and one is hope. But the top hat on my head is all you see. And the wire seems to be the only place for me. A comedy of errors and I’m falling. Like a rubber neck giraffe, you look into my past. Well, baby, you’re just too blind to see.” (Tight Rope lyrics by Leon Russell)A couple of weeks ago I made plans to attend and cover the Pitt, Notre Dame basketball game at South Bend, Indiana. Just prior to the day I was about to head to South Bend I had a pregame chat with the NPC’s Stephan Broadus, (a native of St. Louis) about the doomsday weather scenario;  I “punked” out and decided not to join my photographer at the Purcell Pavilion.  Pitt won a nail biter  85-81 in overtime.  Obviously “touchdown  Jesus” must have been on sabbatical because  the chanting home congregation  of more than  9,000 faithful could not insure a victory for  the Fighting Irish.The “trees” that Pitt planted in the “paint”  gave the Panthers opportunity after opportunity  and  multiple chances to score inside the painted area out rebounding the Irish 38-22 inside the painted area also outscoring them 42-18 in the “red zone.”last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator,,,NO SAFE PLACE

first_imgAlexis CobbSports is my safe place. It’s what I do, when I want to blow off steam, relax, and have some fun. I’ll turn on a basketball game and root for my favorite team shamelessly.You should probably know upfront, I am a Los Angeles Lakers fan.  I know, I know, it is a shock. How can I be from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and be a Lakers fan?I don’t know. It kind of just happened. The heart wants what the heart wants!  But for better or worse, they are my NBA indulgence and I support them at all cost.The Los Angeles Lakers are a storied franchise and they are also one of the most hated teams in the NBA. However, like every story there is a protagonist and an antagonist. In other words, a hero and a villain.There have been several Lakers heroes that have donned the purple and gold uniforms down through the years. They have included Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabber, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to name a few.  The current protagonist of the Los Angeles Lakers is Kobe Bryant. Lakers fans root for him to stay healthy, play within himself,  and play along with his teammates. Also, we depend on the Lakers front office personnel to surround him with enough talent to produce more championships. He has five championship rings and we desperately want him to acquire his sixth ring.But in every story, there is a villain. For the Los Angeles Lakers fans, our villain, is the person, who because of his poor decision making, we will always view with disgust.  Who is this villain, you ask?No, it’s not one of the usual suspects in our front office. No, it is not a former coach or a selfish brash player who may have bolted unceremoniously.  Instead, our villain is David Stern. That’s right, the former National Basketball Association’s Commissioner. After 30 years of serving as commissioner, he retired in January of 2014.  And may I say, good riddance!!! We, as Lakers fans do not wish him well and we loathe the thought of him.Yes, this is some strong language. But, let’s examine why Lakers fans, including myself, have such negative opinions of David Stern. In December of 2011, the league-owned New Orleans Hornets had created a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, ship Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and  send Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola to the New Orleans Hornets, along with some other pieces.When the news broke of this trade, Lakers fans were jubilant. Kobe would have Chris Paul, a brilliant point guard and a player worthy of carrying us into the future.  We laughed and cried tears of joy.  Fans were tweeting happily.  However, within the hour of the trade being accepted, David Stern had nixed the deal. Just like that, it was gone.  We did not even have 60 full minutes. Our hopes and dreams of having Chris Paul wear purple and gold had vanished. And that folks, is why David Stern is our villain.The Lakers organization tried to rebound from the failed deal by acquiring Steve Nash. However, getting Steve Nash when you thought you were getting Chris Paul is like getting your grandmother’s 2001 Geo Metro when you were promised an Aston Martin.Shortly thereafter, the organization ended up trading for Dwight Howard, but he never had enough championship fiber or grit to play for our team. It was always a recipe for disaster.I had tried to make my peace with these failed ventures. But this week was another blow to my beloved Lakers and reminder that David Stern will never see those pearly gates in the afterlife.Pau Gasol bolted for the Chicago Bulls and who can blame him. He wanted an organization that wasn’t going to use him for trade bait each year. However, just a few days later, I learned that the Lakers had picked up Carlos Boozer on waivers from the Chicago Bulls. Boozer! Short Carlos Boozer.  Blasphemous.  I don’t care if they had gotten him for $5.00. Some deals you just don’t make!Do you know how difficult it is going to be to cheer for Carlos Boozer as he gets pummeled by every other power forward in the league. He is listed as being 6’9. He is short and he does not jump particularly high. He is the only player I know that makes Pau Gasol look beasty. I have followed his career for years and I have never been impressed with his talent. Rooting for Carlos Boozer to actually bend his knees, jump, grab a rebound, and be aggressive is just mentally exhausting. I’m not looking forward to it.But it all comes back to Stern. It may not be reasonable. But we lay this at his feet. Had the deal gone through, the Lakers would not be  sifting through the garage sell of NBA waivers  trying to convince ourselves that this metal rusted fork is actually a silver spoon.Soon, I’m going to have to find another safe place. Another activity other than sports to help me relax and unwind. Oh look, they tell me there is a Zumba Class at the local YMCA for $5.00.Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724)561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more