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September 3, 2015

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In the Issue

  1. Message from Janice
  2. Call for Children and Family Fellowship Submissions
  3. Training
  4. Idaho Gives Planning
  5. Welcome Members
  6. Happy Anniversary
  7. Job Board
  8. Featured Grant

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Board Engagement

Encouragement from Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director

Board training and ideas for enhancing board engagement is a highly requested topic. The annual Nonprofit Conference is in two weeks and as we put the final touches on the details to ensure attendees have a fantastic experience, I am reflecting on the speakers from last year. Susan Howlett, author of Boards on Fire and Getting Funded shared many strategic and practical ideas for board engagement. Here are just a few examples from the Center and from Susan: 

  1. Set Clear expectations – clarify commitments at recruitment. Develop and implement a board member job description, contract, and commitment form.

  2. Use a Consent Agenda at board meetings. Spend the valuable time together asking generative and strategic questions.

  3. Feed them! Good nutrition and snacks, and maybe some chocolate, add a nice touch and will keep hunger distractions to a minimum.

  4. Provide Education. Use some of the board time to provide education in areas such as how to read financial statements, the importance of the 990 content, statistics and trends impacting your mission, best practices in an area of importance to the organization and for board roles.

  5. Say thank you. The board members are there for real legal and business reasons as a fiduciary board. They are also contributing time, talent and treasure - drop them a thank you note for their service.

  6. Celebrate! We tend to focus on what could have been bigger, better, more – take time to celebrate what went well, what worked. The little victories add up and you do great things, be proud about it.

Remember to laugh and have some fun. A few months ago I opened a board meeting with one word and ask the board members to finish the sentence. Dancing... The answers were genuine, fun and created a chance to learn more about each other. Answers included dancing with my daughter; with both left feet, barefoot, and much more.

Happy September,


Call for Children and Family Fellowship Submissions

Deadline to apply is October 2nd!

A prestigious leadership program for outstanding executives from sectors working to improve outcomes for children, families and communities.

An intensive executive leadership program, now in its third decade, designed to give more child and family-serving professionals the confidence and competence to lead major system reforms and community change initiatives that get results. Without strong leadership, investments in programs and system reform initiatives alone are not enough to create urgent, long-lasting improvements for children and families.

Click here for more details and to apply.

Idaho Gives Planning

Save the Date, Idaho Gives 2016 is the first Thursday in May.

Mark your calendar for May 5, 2016. As you look forward to Idaho Gives 2016, consider the following ideas now:

  1. It’s been nearly six months, what have you done with the money raised through Idaho Gives? Tell your story, share a brief update with your donors, supporters, and with us, too!

  2. Send Erin Hutto your mid-year stories and high resolution photos for Idaho Gives promotion. The Idaho Nonprofit Center is working with our media partner on story to highlight community impact.

  3. Attend the Idaho Nonprofit Annual Conference. There will be a special session on Idaho Gives, on Tuesday 9/15 to cover what has worked well and what we are considering for next year. There are also several other workshops focused on fundraising, digital donors, and more.

  4. Send another thank you messages to your donors!

Featured Grant

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

Submissions due by September 7th, 2015

The Agency’s Standard Grants program is a matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. In Mexico, the projects may also include technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable use studies. Deadlines vary by project country. The September deadline is for Canadian-based projects. Additional information can be found on the website.

Avg. Grant: $80,000 | Contact Info: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, Lacy Alison, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-MB, Falls Church, VA, 22041, Ph: 703-358-2552, Send Email, Visit Website

Contact for U.S. projects: David Buie ([email protected]) or Stacy Sanchez ([email protected]). Buie’s phone number: 301-497-5870; Sanchez’s phone number: 703-358-2017

Please visit the Grant Opportunities page on our website for information about additional available grants. 


Idaho Statewide Nonprofit Conference

September 15th & 16th, 2015 - Boise, Idaho

The conference offers speakers from coast to coast - Art Taylor, President/CEO of the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance from the east coast and Atul Tandon, Humanitarian, Fundraiser and Entrepreneur from the west coast. Don’t miss this event to engage, network, learn – be inspired!  

Online registration ends tomorrow, 9/4 - register now!

Training - Upcoming Webinars


The Power of Thank You

Pamela Grow will explore how your organization’s thank you letters can make or break your long-term sustainable funding. After all, your organization’s thank you after your donor’s first gift sets the stage for future gifts! Master the art and the power of thanking your donors properly, using both direct mail and digital.

Time: 11:00am MT, 10:00am PT
When: Wednesday, November 4th
Pricing: Free to all! Click here for more information and to register.

To explore and sign up for more exciting training opportunities visit our upcoming trainings webpage!

Welcome New Members!

  • Laurel's Legacy
  • Blaine County Drug Coalition
  • Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies
  • Midvale Community Partners
  • Fruitlaqnd Community Events
  • Rexburg Community Theatre Inc.
  • Text Free Zone
  • Snake River Canyons Park
  • American Women Veterans
  • Seagraves Family Foundation
  • Rural Dynamics, Inc.

Welcome New and Renewing Affiliates!

  • Incite! Consulting Group
  • CAW Consulting & Management

Job Board

Job Board listings - details here

  • Executive Director, FISH Food Bank (WA)
  • Development Officer, Yakima Valley Museum (WA)
  • Program Manager, Big Tree Arts Inc
  • Database Support Specialist, Women's and Children's Alliance
  • Membership and Outreach Coordinator, Teton Regional Land Trust
  • Associate Director of Development, The Nature Conservancy
  • Community Investment Relationship Manager, Cambia Health Solutions
  • Communications and Outreach Manager, Idaho Humane Society
  • North Idaho Montana Community Engagement, Komen Idaho Montana

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