Nonprofits can’t exist without a Board of Directors. While that’s legally true, I believe it should also be true in many other ways – leadership, fundraising, advocacy, fiduciary oversight, etc. At the Men’s Shelter, we have an incredibly passionate and engaged board. They volunteer, they ask lots of great questions, they scrutinize, and they champion. One of the reasons I’m so proud of my board is that they truly strive to set the tone for our agency, our staff, and our stakeholders. Our fiscal year begins on July 1st. A goal our board set for this year was to make their annual financial pledges early in the fiscal year. They did so much more! Our board pledged more than their collective goal for this year’s budget, every board member made a pledge, and 100% of our board members paid at least a portion their pledge prior to this week’s board meeting. Talk about setting an example for others! Having a passion for our mission is the number one criteria we use in board member selection, but all boards must help raise money. Ours truly gets that to ask others for something you have to have skin in the game yourself. What a privilege to work with a board so committed to the mission that they go big and go early!