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*Special Program* Nonprofit Board Development: What You Need to Know to Succeed from the Start

Friday, September 22, 2017 9:30 am - 12:00 pm  ET
In-person | Washington, DC

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This program is part of our Chart Your Course: Starting a Nonprofit Series. Save $20 when you purchase all four programs!

An engaged and well-connected board of directors is critical for nonprofit success. But you also need individuals who are passionate about your mission and able to help you build a strong organization by sharing their skills and expertise.  In this session, fundraising consultant Nadine Gabai-Botero, CFRE will detail how to recruit board members who will govern without meddling and how to get fundraising right, from the start. She will also detail board responsibilities, offer tips to keep your board involved and inspired, even through challenging times, and share templates to save you time and provide guidance to your volunteers

Learning Objectives:

  • Board recruitment: identifying your best candidates; what to ask when you’re recruiting; getting prospective board members to say yes.
  • Board responsibilities: governance vs. administration; setting up committee structures that work; motivating and organizing your board to help with development.
  • Board fundraising: what does ‘give or get’ mean & is that the best strategy?; “friendraising” vs. fundraising; finding the right fundraising role for everyone on your board; what does development success look like on a board?


Nadine Gabai-Botero, CFRE, Principal and Founder

Nadine Gabai-Botero specializes in annual and campaign fundraising, board development, and major gift solicitations, and excels at guiding nonprofits seeking to expand their revenue and donor base. She has a proven record in securing individual major gifts, national and regional support, and at developing innovative ways to improve donor engagement to achieve results. Nadine has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, and has been working as a consultant to nonprofits since 2009.

Before establishing Focus Fundraising, Nadine served for eight years on the senior management team of CulturalDC, an organization that partners with real estate developers and arts organizations to drive community development. There, she directed annual fundraising and led capital campaigns for Source Theatre and Flashpoint. Prior to that role, Nadine managed marketing and branding projects at Iconixx Web Development and worked as a fundraiser and program director at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Nadine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and currently serves as the President-Elect on the Board of the AFP, DC Chapter. Originally from Lima, Peru, she is a graduate of the George Washington University and the University of Florida and is fluent in Spanish. Nadine lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and two sons and when she’s not fundraising, you can find her throwing pots in a yurt at Glen Echo Pottery, at crew regattas, or strolling around a museum.

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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Washington, DC 20006-1708

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