Give DeKalb County Board Kickoff Guide

At your next board meeting, consider a 20 minute Give DeKalb County kickoff to discuss your organization’s Give DeKalb County goals and how board members can help you achieve them. Involving your board early in the Give DeKalb County planning process can have a great impact on your overall success. 

1. Introduction of Give DeKalb County

You can pull all this information from the Give DeKalb County FAQ page here before your kickoff!

  • What is it?
  • When is it?
  • Who is hosting it?
  • What communities does it serve?

2. Overview of Past Achievements

Have you participated before? Take time to reflect on your past experiences and remind your team of the lessons learned.

  • How much have you raised?
  • How many donors have you engaged? Have you acquired new donors?
  • Did you obtain any matching funds? Sponsors?
  • Did you use any new tools or platforms?
  • What did you learn? How can you improve?

3. Specific Goals for Give DeKalb County 2024

Before you jump into strategy, think about what you’d like your organization’s internal Give DeKalb County goals to be. Starting here helps your team strategize for Give DeKalb County!

  • Why are you participating this year? How much do you hope to raise? 
  • What projects, programs, or causes are you raising money for?
  • How many donors do you hope to reach? How many new? How many recurring?
  • How do you plan on communicating with your supporters?
  • How much in sponsorship matching dollars, prizes, and challenge incentives does your organization hope to secure?
  • What are your top internal goals? What are your top external goals?

4. How Your Board Members Can Help on Give DeKalb County

Make it clear to your board why their support is important and how they can help your organization. Clear calls to action will make it easier for your board members to actively participate.

  • Serve on a Give DeKalb County specific committee.
  • Board pledges to donate - try for 100%.
  • Board sponsored matches or challenges.
  • Leverage their connections in the community for financial or social partnerships.
  • Serve as Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers and fundraise on behalf of your organization during Give DeKalb County.
  • Enlist social Ambassadors to help your organization reach more people on social media.
  • Act as donor stewardship liaisons to help thank your Give DeKalb County supporters and begin fostering relationships.
  • Assist in hosting a special event for your organization and its supporters on Give DeKalb County.

5. Next Steps and Communication Plans for Give DeKalb County

Ensure your organization has a clear communication plan for how you’ll stay in touch with board members as you prepare and plan for Give DeKalb County.

  • Share your goals, exciting announcements, and provide clear opportunities and action steps your board members should take to help you succeed.
  • Continue to include Give DeKalb County in your regular board meetings as you prepare for the event.