Click this link for a great article about the Paper Mill playhouse in New Jersey. It talks about the problems that the company is having due to the Board's failure to consistently donate to the organization.
The article has a great line in it from a fundraising expert. After noting that two of the company's officers did not donate to the Annual Fund he says, "If your leadership isn't giving 100% why should any else write a check?"
This is the "double disaster" that occurs when Board members either can not or will not give money to a company. Not only does it hurt the nonprofit financially, it also is a signal to the rest of the world to not give the organization any money.