No Money, No Mission! Part II

A strong board sustains your mission and ensures your future. 

A committed board helps your institution resonate with service and overflow with activities. Your board members just need to be reminded that their major responsibility is to make certain that your organization has the proper funding. Money makes it happen.

Trustees must be willing to give. This is what transforms vision into reality. The old saying “No money, no mission” is never really old— and never out of date.

A prerequisite for a successful fundraising program is board members’ enthusiastic acceptance and commitment of their role in philanthropy. Not much will be achieved without it.

In Brian Saber’s conversation with Jerry Panas, this point is made repeatedly. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians: “What I write is the plain truth.”

Some key verities from Jerry Panas’ “The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards:”

  • Board members are selected, not elected;
  • Before joining the Board, they know they are expected to call on others for gifts;
  • Board members are passionate about the organization – and show it;
  • Board members are involved in acknowledging and thanking donors;
  • Board members don’t allow a mission deficit; and
  • Board members hold in trust the mission of your organization.

A great organization must have a sense of destiny and objectives which test its mettle. Trustees must be willing to stand on tiptoes to reach out boldly for bigger and higher objectives. There must be a willingness of heart that knows no bounds. Aim high!

– Jerry A. Linzy
Executive Partner, Emeritus
Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

In 2018, Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, conducted five days of interviews with Jerry Panas. The conversations were wide ranging focused on many of the subjects Jerry wrote about or spoke about, especially about boards.