9 Things Board Members Must Know about Fundraising

YVONNE HUDSON | February 17, 2016

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Even the most seasoned board member will always have new things to learn about fundraising. With a generation of philanthropists and donors aging out and millennials finding their own ways to support favorite causes, today’s board members operate between traditions of long-term relationships with foundations and established donors and the new age of mobile giving and new patterns for prospect engagement.

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