The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
“Great things are only possible with outrageous requests.”
Volunteer organizations are most effective when organizational leaders clearly explain what is expected of other volunteers as they are recruited. When you recruit a new Fund Advisory Committee (FAC) member it is important to tell him or her exactly what your expectations are. There are different ways you can do this:
Potential FAC members should know before they accept a position on the FAC that they will be expected to donate their personal time, talents and treasure to the affiliated fund.
|Time||Regular attendance at FAC meetings is essential. Successful affiliated funds have leaders who spend time in between regular meetings serving on committees and following up on assignments.|
|Talents||Use the individual skills of your FAC members. Each FAC member brings different talents to your affiliated fund, which can be used to help achieve your mission and vision. Read more about recruiting FAC leadership.|
|Treasure||FAC members must lead by example by making financial contributions before asking others to give. FAC members should make current gifts (a cash gift or multi-year pledge) and arrange gifts through their estates (planned gifts).|
Some leadership experts say that “Leaders are made, not born.” In other words, leadership skills can be learned. The Nebraska Community Foundation provides training to help build your leadership skills. Here are some examples of available training opportunities:
Be sure to sign up for the FAC e-mail list so you can be up-to-date on all upcoming FAC trainings and activities.
Established FAC member job descriptions help clarify expectations of each FAC member. These descriptions and corresponding statements of commitment will help each FAC member be more effective in his or her role. The job descriptions should outline obligations, expected meeting attendance and the specific duties of each position.
Below are links to sample job descriptions for FAC officers and committee members. Use these sample descriptions and their corresponding commitment statement as a guide for developing your own FAC job descriptions.
A Statement of Commitment should be signed by all Fund Advisory Committee members.
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