Member recruitment and retention are vital to the success of a philanthropy-serving organizations. Here, you will find sample documents, tips, and tools designed to help your regional association acquire, engage, and renew grantmaker members.
Membership Peer Community
The Membership Peer Community is for those who support membership recruitment and retention efforts at their PSO, manage member benefits, onboard new member organizations and staff/trustees, and manage their organization’s membership database.
- Membership Listserv (email@example.com)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
- Three round-robin calls per year
- In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Interested in joining this Peer Community? Submit your email address on the form at the bottom of the Our Networks page.
Forum Staff Lead: Courtney Moore, (202-888-7428), firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Howard is responsible for sharing members organization’s news through social media, newsletter and other communications channels of Philanthropy Ohio. Through this she is able to learn about the incredible and innovative things that are happening in the field among Philanthropy Ohio's members. Previously, Jessica worked for several years in nonprofit marketing and communications roles including at a health care system and then at United Way. In her free time, you can find Jessica in her garden, sailing on Lake Erie or the Hoover Reservoir, running/biking the Olentangy Trail or roasting coffee with her husband. Jessica is originally from the Toledo area, and received her bachelor’s degree is in journalism from Bowling Green State University.
As PEAK Grantmaking’s membership director, Sara leads the organization’s efforts to build and grow our network of over 350 Organizations Members and our community of more than 4,000 grants management professionals, all with the goal of improving how grants get made throughout the philanthropic sector.
Sara brings 10+ years of association experience in volunteer management, membership recruitment and retention, stakeholder engagement, and relationship building. For over 2 of those years, she worked as PEAK Grantmaking’s regional chapter manager, during which time she collaborated with volunteer regional chapter officers to dramatically increase engagement and build volunteers as leaders. Sara started her career at the Department of Defense, training military voting assistance officers to help service members vote and ensuring ballots were sent on time to oversees citizens. She has also worked at the League of Women Voters and the School Nutrition Association.
Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in history and criminal justice from The George Washington University. She loves spending time with her family, is an avid sports fan and museum enthusiast, enjoys hobbies like ice skating and knitting, and can’t wait for her next travel adventure.