Both board members and professional fundraisers are frustrated. Both groups have their gripes about the other.

In this raw look at this important relationship, we will examine where breakdowns happen. We have surveyed dozens of board members and fundraisers to discover the good, the bad and the ugly of working together.

Board meetings, budgets, revenue streams, metrics, strategic planning, succession planning, special events and communications are some of the key topics. Fundraising roles and responsibilities can be a delicate subject. Board giving, board asking and fundraising committees will be addressed.

What are the elements of a strong relationship to maximize the impact to the organization? Where does the board and staff begin on their journey to create the ultimate synergy moving forward? What tools are available to non-profits?

When the board member / fundraiser relationship works well it is the sweet spot for any organization.

Learning Outcomes

1. Strategies on how to improve your relationship with your board members including roles / responsibilities, policies and accountability

2. Techniques to improve communications including board agendas / meetings, metrics, succession planning and moves management

3. Resources on how to engage your board in fundraising and / or establish a fundraising committee

4. How to maximize board members skills and expertise to have a 'no surprises' relationship with your board

Sam Laprade, CFRE


Gryphon Fundraising

Sam loves to connect people!

As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in her community.

Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, in fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

Over a 28-year period Ms. Laprade has raised money for important charities in her community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising ( Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide.

In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam launched her full-time consultancy to assist non-profits with fundraising strategy, stewardship, board relations, coaching and audits.

Ms. Laprade is an engaging speaker who receives high ratings.  Her speaking engagements include: AFP International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and AFP Congress (Canada).  Sam was the keynote speaker at the Closing Plenary for AFP Congress 2018.

Sam is the creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, Ottawa. This show highlights non-profit organizations in Ottawa, Canada.