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.
Successful affiliated funds have increased their effectiveness and saved time in FAC meetings by delegating specific activities to committees. Members of these committees can be people who don’t serve on the main Fund Advisory Committee but are willing to help with a specific task for a limited time. Committee service is a good way to introduce someone to your FAC, its work and role and help them (and you!) decide if they are a potential FAC member.
Committees work on assignments during the month and report back to the full Fund Advisory Committee (FAC). Sending committee reports prior to the FAC meeting can significantly shorten FAC meetings. NCF recommends that committee chairs/coordinators send their update to the FAC Chair one week prior to the FAC meeting either as an email update to the FAC Chair or using an Action Planning Worksheet. Then, prior to the FAC meeting the Chair can send out a single email with all the attachments or committee reports along with the meeting agenda to the entire FAC.
|Who:||Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chair|
|What:||The Steering Committee is responsible for developing the goals of the affiliated fund. Committee members are also responsible for developing and monitoring action plans and overseeing ongoing activities.|
|Who:||Consists of people who have the passion and skills to meet with potential donors of large gifts.|
|What:||Fundraising Committee members are responsible for proposing fundraising goals and identifying and prioritizing major donors. Committee members also identify introducers and messengers who will help conduct donor visitations.|
|Who:||Consists of people with communications and marketing skills.|
|What:||Publicity Committee members are responsible for writing news releases, producing brochures and marketing materials, producing fundraising materials, creating and updating Web sites. Publicity Committee members are also responsible for creating and sending fundraising letters for year-end appeals, annual appeals to alumni and other solicitations.|
|Who:||Consists of people with experience in education and a passion for encouraging young people to further their education. Members must not have a conflict of interest.|
|What:||Scholarship Selection Committee members are responsible for reviewing scholarship applications.|
|Who:||Consists of people who consider the long-term impact of grants.|
|What:||Grantmaking Committee members are responsible for making grant recommendations to the Fund Advisory Committee and assuring that grants follow the affiliated fund’s grantmaking policy.|
|Who:||Consists of people who enjoy organizing events and throwing parties.|
|What:||Events Committee members are responsible for making all the arrangements for the event: invitations, reservations, ordering food, setting up the room, etc. Events include celebrations of success, awarding grants in a public setting, fundraising awareness, donor recognition, testimonials from grant recipients and contributors. A word of advice: Always include an “ask” at every event.|
|Who:||Consists of people who enjoy working with your affiliated fund’s governing structures.|
|What:||Governance Committee members review your affiliated fund’s Articles of Operation (doc) (pdf); term limits policy, FAC structure, leadership succession plan, job descriptions/ roles/ responsibilities, accountability standards, conflict of interest forms, nominations, recruitment, orientation, and training.|
|Other committees can be created and dissolved as needed. These committees should have short-term goals and objectives. Examples might include a feasibility study, a capital campaign and other infrequent issues and opportunities.|
Paul and Karen Seger have lived in the Atkinson, NE area all their lives. They raised eight children there, owned and operated the funeral homes in Atkinson and Stuart, and served as volunteers and community activists.Read more →