Nonprofit Board Fellows
Are you looking to run your nonprofit on sound, strategic business principles? Could your nonprofit benefit from the knowledge that a college student could provide?
Business+Impact is all about building relationships. Using our rigorous matchmaking and vetting process, students with the unique skills to work in your organization on your issues will be assigned to your board as non-voting members. You will benefit from their expertise in project management, marketing, business systems, policy analysis, strategic planning, and more. As a result, your nonprofit will gain input on board decisions, business school knowledge and skills, and a new perspective on a project of your choosing.
— Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
If you are a nonprofit considering participating in the Board Fellowship Program, there are a few critical elements to ensure a successful experience:
- Provide members of the board and staff who will serve as the Board Fellow’s primary contacts and mentors
- Provide access to information and support to help the Board Fellow complete a substantial piece of the project by mid-December, and the rest of the project by mid-April.
- Provide a formal orientation to the organization’s work and expectations for board members
- Work with the Board Fellow to finalize a project plan
- Keep the Board Fellow informed about organizational developments
- Communicate consistently and provide feedback about the progress of the Board Fellow’s project
- Complete mid-year and final evaluations
- Conduct a final wrap-up meeting with the Board Fellow
There are many factors we examine in considering your application for the Board Fellowship Program. Our selection criteria includes, but is not limited to:
- Quality of leadership in the organization and assurance our students will have appropriate support and mentorship from a board mentor, board members, and executive staff
- Challenging board-level projects
- Frequency and location of board meetings
We match students with organizations based on the student’s skills and interests and your needs. Before placements are finalized, you will have the opportunity to review and approve the match.
NONPROFIT APPLICATION PROCESS
Nonprofit application goes live in May for the following academic year.