5 Ways to Keep Nonprofit Board Members Engaged


Your board members play a key role in your nonprofit's success. Make sure they are recognized for their contribution and feel like a part of your nonprofit's family. Here are 5 easy things you can do to make sure your board members are happy and engaged: 

1. Understand Why They're Here

There is something that inspired a board member to get involved with your nonprofit. Whether it be a personal connection to the cause, or simply wanting to get involved with the community, find out what drives their involvement and make sure their needs are being fulfilled. This helps create a personal connection with the board member and allows you to foster further connections within your organization based on shared interests. 

2. it's more than just meetings

Although meetings are an important aspect of keeping your board and organization focused and moving forward, there are other ways you can get the team together that are both productive, and fun! 

  • Have a potluck, cocktail party or get together outside of the office so people get to know eachother on a deeper level.
  • Match up board members with staff members for a mentoring program.
  • Create opportunities for key donors or volunteers to share their experiences with the board. 

3. Recognize them publicly 

It is proven that being recognized for making a donation is great motivation for continued and increased donations in the future. The same logic can be applied to board member involvement. Here are a few ways you can publicly recognize your board members: 

  • Feature them in a blog post
  • Put an "about our board" section on your website
  • Include their contributions in your newsletters and annual reports 
  • Create fun social media posts about the board 
  • Thank them publically at fundraising event

Susan G. Komen recognizes board members with in depth profiles. 

4. Clarify their role

Board positions can look very different from nonprofit to nonprofit, or even term-to-term at the same organization. Make sure each board member knows their specific role with a comprehensive on-boarding process and regular check-ins. The smaller the gap is between expectation and reality, the happier your board will be! 

5. Demonstrate Their Impact 

Your board members will share a wealth of information that will positively impact your nonprofit. Make sure to keeps track of the successes fueled by board member insight and share the results with them. Board members will be motivated by the knowledge that their time and effort are worth it.  

If you have more questions about nonprofit strategy you can always reach out to the DipJar fundraising experts for help. It's what we love to do!