All posts by dennmill243pm

28 Nov 2015

Moving Your Nonprofit Board Away From “Tin Cup” Fundraising

Logo--Solutions to Revitalize Your Nonprofit Board
A “revitalized” nonprofit board is actively engaged in philanthropy. However, most board members would rather “stick pins in their eyes” than participate in fundraising. We need to change from the “Tin Cup Theory” to the “Investment Theory” of fundraising to motivate and enhance their participation:
  • Don’t pressure your board members to ask for money, ask them to help you cultivate at least three individuals or organizations every year.
  • Remind your board that people give money because they want to invest in your success and not distress
  • Focus your cultivation and solicitation on the needs of those you serve and not on your organization’s needs
Educate your board to be able to answer four key questions:
  1. What is the value your organization provides to the community?
  2. What are your top two achievements this year?
  3. What distinguishes your organization from others?
  4. Why is your organization worthy of a gift?
For a complimentary session with me to learn how to revitalize your board, contact me at 973-784-3693 OR
When we increase our board members self-confidence, they will become more motivated and engaged in the area of philanthropy.
To read more about how to more effectively engage your board in fundraising, read The Nonprofit Board Therapist.
The Nonprofit Board Therapist Book
16 Nov 2015

Going Beyond Strategic Planning

Does Your Board Need To Be Revitalized?

According to Webster, to revitalize means to renew, refresh, reinvigorate, revive, rejuvenate, refreshen, recharge, recreate, restore or repair.

Benefits of a Revitalized Board:

  • Strategically aligned with leadership to achieve your vision and goals
  • Actively engaged in philanthropy with self-confidence
  • Engaged, energized and motivated
  • High levels of success with board recruitment
  • Well prepared for board leadership succession

Click here to access an article taking you “Beyond Strategic Planning”, so you can begin to think about truly Revitalizing your nonprofit board.

For a complimentary session with me to learn how to revitalize your board, contact me at 973-784-3693 OR

24 Jul 2015


Dennis always provides his audience with significant take away ideas that can be implemented back at the worksite. The webinars are filled with helpful and resourceful information.

Greg Sped CEO
Cape Counseling Services
Cape May County

Dennis C. Miller is a wealth of information and experience. I always walk away with a “nugget” or two that I can immediately implement in practice when I attend one of his workshops or webinars.

Tony Gebbia
Executive Director
Montgomery Academy

27 May 2015

Evaluating Your Board’s Committee Structures

Evaluating Your Board’s Committee Structures:
The Importance of the Governance Committee

Based on my experience, the best board structure is one that is kept as simple as possible. Committees are developed to help the board do the work that is required. The fewer the standing committees, the better.

The Governance Committee, in my opinion, is the most important committee of the board. Here are just a few of the key responsibilities:

  • Assess the current and future board composition requirements and develop a profile of the board as it should evolve over time.
  • Identify new individuals for the board and reappoint current members.
  • Assess board effectiveness on an annual basis.
  • Ensure board and chief executive succession planning.

If you missed my webinar on this topic, you can access it here:

18 Mar 2015

Increasing Your Leadership Potential for Today’s Nonprofit Organizations

What is it that makes a winning organization so effective? It’s not the bricks and mortar.

It’s the internal people : staff, managers, leaders, volunteers and Board who make the organization a winner. To achieve new heights, an effective leader must know how to build strong relationships with people.

Those organizations whose leaders are able to bring out the best in others; whose leaders are able to make people feel important; whose leaders make people feel that their voices, concerns, and actions do matter are the organizations that will be successful.

The organizations whose leaders have the trust of their employees, whose leaders are respected and have credibility, perform better than organizations whose leaders lack these qualities.

Ask yourself:
What are the most effective organizations you know?
How would you describe the relationship those organizations’ leaders have with their stakeholders?
How would members of your team describe the relationship they have with you?

I recently held a webinar where we addressed all of these issues in detail. You can access a free replay here: