|Collecting for the poor is an honored tradition|
In Jewish tradition the “Gabbai Tzedekah,” the money collector, held a very special and esteemed role as the collector and disburser of funds to help the poor. The root of “tzedekah” means justice; it was simply the right thing to do to help. The Gabbai risked him/herself, in some ways, for the sake of the community. In return, these enablers of justice were highly respected.
|Modelling joyful giving|
When we let board members think that their role on the board may or may not involve fundraising we take away from them the ultimate privilege of being an enabler… a catalyst of change… a teacher of the joy of giving. This is the highest honor we can bestow on them, yet we make it easy for them to walk away. This deprives them of a great deal of satisfaction in their role. And, in my experience, those board members who have participated freely and joyfully in fundraising end up being the most fulfilled with their experience.
|Leading the way towards change|
We can assist our board members by helping them to understand these 5 little-known factors about their role. Board members are all these things: