These Nonprofit Organizations are seeking HBS Alumni Board Candidates!
HBS cites a statistic that over two-thirds of HBS alumni will serve on a nonprofit board at some point during their careers. We help our alumni find the right board opportunity and educate them to become high impact board members. This is a listing of Board opportunities with Community Partners clients and with nonprofits that have HBS alum onboard already. At the present time, this is simply a listing service, not a matching service. Contact the organizations directly to determine if the opportunity is right for you.
List of organizations seeking Board Candidates (scroll down to see details on each):
AchieveKids schools provide individualized and multi-disciplinary programs that deliver special education, mental health, and family support services for more than 100 students ages 5 to 22 with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders.
AchieveKids is looking for board members who want to make a positive difference in the community and participate in a dynamic, diverse, and committed team.
Successful candidates will:
- Share commitment and passion for AchieveKids’ mission, vision, and values
- Prepare for and attend board meetings and an annual board retreat
- Serve on one committee
- Support and participate in fundraising activities for AchieveKids
- Promote AchieveKids in the community, including announcing events and programs to people in one’s personal and professional network
Alliance for Smiles is an international humanitarian non-profit dedicated to repairing cleft lip and palate anomalies on children around the world. Alliance for Smiles conducts approximately 12 missions a year staffed by medical and nonmedical volunteers across a dozen countries. Unlike other cleft organizations, it also establishes treatment centers to train locals to continue treatment.
Our Current Board is made up of 14 members, some of whom are co-founders. We are looking for two to three new members. AfS is seeking young and mid-career professionals especially, but welcomes anyone who may be interested. We would love to have new members who have corporate and Silicon Valley type contacts for fundraising they would be comfortable using to benefit AfS.
Board Member responsibilities include:
- Regularly attend three annual board meetings and important related meetings. If needed, may call in by phone
- Make serious commitment to participate actively in committee work by reviewing and approving various missions and strategies and serving on one committee
- Stay informed about committee matters, prepare for meetings, and review/comment on minutes and reports
- Get to know other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
- Donate a minimum of $5,000 unrestricted, or raise a minimum of $10,000 which may be restricted, annually
- Be an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
- Actively participate in fundraising for the organization through an event, individual campaign, or through other means such as recruiting other board members, and securing in-kind donations
- Participate in annual gala by purchasing or filling a table with paying guests
Children’s Council of San Francisco is a 501c3 organization that works to ensure that all families have access to quality child care and information. Parents need child care so that they can work, support their families economically, and advance professionally. Children need high quality care and education to ensure that they are prepared for school and beyond.
Children’s Council 100+ staff members:
- help families understand and navigate their options, and find child care that meets their needs
- help lower- income families secure financial assistance to pay for care
- partner with government, foundation and community organizations to build the supply of quality care, and
- educate the community about the importance of support for effective childcare.
We seek new Board members who are interested in contributing their professional expertise, business and social networks, leadership experience, and/or nonprofit board experience to building a better San Francisco by working toward achievement of Children’s Council’s important mission and goals. Board members serve three-year terms, renewable for up to nine years.
Board Member Responsibilities:
- Attend regularly scheduled Board meetings plus one day-long retreat per year
- Serve on at least one Board committee. Standing Committees include Finance, Audit, Governance and Nominating, and Development
- Offer professional expertise as needed
- Contribute financially to the organization
- Support fundraising and development activities
- Serve as ambassadors for Children’s Council, making connections and reaching out to social and professional networks on behalf of the organization.
Clausen House enriches the quality of life for the developmentally disabled in Alameda County by creating opportunities for them to gain competency, develop relationships, and join the community with increasing command over their own lives. Clausen House began in 1967 as a single group home – a pioneering concept at the time. Today, Clausen House serves 203 developmentally disabled adults impacted by mental retardation, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, who benefit from our Residential program, Adult Education program, Supported Employment services, Independent and Supported Living programs.
We are seeking two new members for our active Board of Directors. We are particularly looking for candidates with expertise in development, marketing, or public relations, or in finance/accounting. We meet monthly, near Lake Merritt, on the third Wednesday of the month. Website: www.clausenhouse.org. To learn more, contact Martin Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Education Pioneers (EP) is focused on building a national network of 10,000 diverse, exceptional leaders accelerating systemic change in education by 2023. We are focused on developing best in class, innovative human capital strategies to ensure we are attracting top talent that is invested in renewing the education space. We plan to add 3 new national board members by September 2016 to advance our mission and work. We seek leaders from business, philanthropy, education, and other sectors who can champion EP’s work through support including but not limited to thought-partnership, governance, relationship building, and fundraising and provide expertise in the following key areas:
- Digital Champion – We seek a senior digital leader from a non-education sector who can provide guidance as EP infuses the power of digital technology to advance our long-term growth and impact goals. A leader with deep expertise in creating and leading a company-wide evolution of core business delivery, operations, and structure through the effective use of technology could provide important thought partnership to EP as we build our leadership team, culture, and strategy to facilitate a digital transformation in the months and years ahead.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion – We value all dimensions of diversity and seek to model the fairness and justice that we want to see in the world – and because of the work we do, we place a particular focus on reflecting the children of color and low-income communities most impacted by our work. Therefore, we seek a senior diversity, equity, and inclusion leader from either education or a non-education sector who can help EP advance this priority– both within our own organization and throughout the education sector through our programs, services, and thought leadership.
- Growth Champion – We seek an entrepreneurial business leader who can help us dramatically grow our leadership network and increase our impact. A leader with direct experience in building great companies as an entrepreneur, senior leader, and/or investor could help EP assess risk and seize opportunities to scale our impact. This leader could provide valuable, strategic guidance on high-potential ways to expand our core business through new partnerships and innovate with pilots that can drive future growth, while aligning our resources and rethinking business operations accordingly.
- Talent Champion – We seek a senior talent leader ideally from a non-education sector who can provide valuable guidance regarding best-in-class human capital practices. EP seeks to innovate and determine new ways to drive best in class human capital into the education sector. A leader with talent expertise can provide critical insights on strategies, programs, and initiatives to leverage our growing network of talent to increase and improve the number and diversity of the leadership and management talent pipeline in education.
Global Glimpse works to inspire America’s next generation to become responsible global citizens through afterschool workshops and an immersion program in the developing world. Founded in 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area Global Glimpse has grown more than 10-fold and served over 3600 students and 360 educators. Global Glimpse currently partners with 65 public high schools in Chicago, New York and the Bay Area to serve 900 youth annually. We are committed to making transformational international travel experiences accessible to young people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Over 50% of Global Glimpse students come from low-income backgrounds and 30% live below the US poverty line.
Global Glimpse has reached a critical inflection point in our growth trajectory. We have an excellent track record and we are looking for passionate, dedicated individuals with networks, skills, and resources in key areas to join our national board of directors and lead the organization into the next stage of growth and impact.
We are seeking the following skill sets and industry perspectives for our national Board of Directors:
- Fundraising and Network Expansion in the Bay Area, New York & Chicago
- Financial Management
- Public Relations & Marketing
- Airlines, Corporate
- Information Technology
Global Glimpse is also looking for highly motivated, passionate, young professionals to join us in expanding our Bay Area Advisory Board. If you have been impacted by the power of travel within your own life and want to be part of a network of like-minded individuals creating powerful impact in your community, we welcome you to join the Global Glimpse Advisory Board!
We are looking to add 5-10 new members and specifically looking for candidates with the following career experiences and/or backgrounds:
- Event planning
- Financial industry
- Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
- Start ups (has entrepreneurial and resourceful mindset)
- Is creative, innovative, and committed
- Has a strong network that can add value to our work and support the growth of GG in each region (i.e. new school recruitment intros, advancing corporate sponsorships, etc.)
- A great culture fit, and wants to be apart of a strong professional and social community!
Advisory Board members must be able to commit:
- A minimum $1000 give/get
- To attending meetings on the third week of each month in their region
- To attending at least 75% of meetings throughout the year
- A one year commitment to the Advisory Board, though longer is preferred.
Click here for a link to more information about this opportunity and the application for interested candidates. For more information, contact Eliza Pesuit, Executive Director at email@example.com.
Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is a public/private partnership offering a summer program that addresses the achievement and opportunity gaps of high‐need children in the Mission neighborhood from K through 8th grade. The heart of Horizons summer is an exemplary academic program that supports a cohort of students in reading, writing, math, and science, paired with swimming lessons, field trips, sports, and enrichment activities in the performing and visual arts. The program also includes a year‐round component featuring family events, enrichment activities and regular visits to students’ schools and communication with their teachers.
Are you looking to round out your resume with some non-profit leadership experience? Are you passionate about supporting education opportunities for low-income children in SF’s Mission neighborhood? Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is recruiting board members – and if this sounds like the perfect fit for you or someone you know, please contact Executive Director Abby Rovner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Island Conservation is focused on restoring islands around the world by removing introduced invasive species.
IC is a growing organization with a global vision and agenda for restoring islands. It is poised to scale and seeks additional board members to help do that.Board members play a critical role in shaping the organization’s vision and strategy, vetting its programs, supporting its innovation and growth. We’re seeking people with experience taking innovative ideas and products to scale. Board members are asked to contribute their time, their experience, and their philanthropy to the organization’s efforts.
Jacaranda Health is a fast-growing nonprofit venture that aims to set a new standard for maternity care in Africa. We are combining business and clinical innovations to create a chain of clinics that provide reproductive health services to poor urban women, We have just opened our second hospital, grown to 70 staff, and are entering into partnerships with the government of Kenya to replicate our model of high-quality, cost-effective care in other facilities. We have won numerous awards and support for our model, and have a great board of directors.
We are seeking a board treasurer with deep experience in finance or business management to help us reach scale and impact. This volunteer will serve as chair of the finance committee, work closely with the Executive Director, Finance Director in Kenya, and consulting accountants to provide financial reports to the board. Contact, if interested, Nick Pearson, email@example.com.
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Juma Ventures strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education and financial capability for youth across America. Juma has experienced unprecedented growth over the last five years, expanding from four to nine U.S. cities.
Juma is looking for board members who share our passion for changing lives and for using business as a tool for sustainable social impact. Our culture is supportive, open, inclusive and relevant, focused on youth, empowerment, dedication and respect. Juma has recently engaged in an ambitious strategy to serve 12,000 youth over the next 5 years. This number is 2x the total youth Juma has served in its first 25 years and the board will be integral in supporting Juma’s efforts to reach this milestone. Click here to learn more about the board member job description.
Meritus College Fund: Since 1996, Meritus College Fund has been addressing the issue of college access and completion for low-income youth from underserved communities. To ensure access, graduation, and post-graduation socio-economic mobility for its Scholars, Meritus’ comprehensive college success program provides multiyear scholarship funding to help lessen the financial barriers to four year colleges; one-on-one college success advising to ensure Scholars stay on track and achieve their degrees; and a comprehensive mentoring and internship program to help prepare them to be competitive in the workforce post-graduation.
To be eligible for Meritus’ program, applicants must demonstrate clear financial need, achieve high school GPAs between 3.0-3.7, and have overcome significant life challenges. All are admitted because they are pursuing a four-year college degree. In terms of impact, Meritus Scholars complete college at a rate of 88%, 75% of alumni tracked in 2016 live and work in the Bay Area and within two years of graduation are earning 150% of their family’s incomes. This is a remarkable outcome for our Scholars, 85% of whom are first generation college students and come from families with incomes below $40,000.
Meritus’ 2015 strategic plan calls for a southward expansion beyond its San Francisco base. By 2020, we aim to increase our program’s reach from 250 Scholars to 320 Scholars. To facilitate this expansion, Meritus seeks to expand its Board of Directors to help implement its goals.
New Board members will foremost be committed to the Meritus mission; be able and willing to provide community connections and access to their personal and professional networks regionally; and make a personally significant annual contribution to the organization. Meritus invites interested parties, including those with backgrounds in finance and marketing, to contact Executive Director, Diana Wolf @ Diana@meritus.org. Our Board meets seven times annually. Members also participate on Board committees which meet approximately once a month.
An overview of Meritus can be found at www.meritus.org.
Since 1996, Meritus College Fund has been addressing the issue of college completion for low-income youth from underserved communities. Meritus’ offers a comprehensive college success program which provides multiyear scholarship funding to help lessen the financial barriers to four year colleges, one-on-one college success advising to ensure Scholars stay on track and achieve their degrees, and a comprehensive mentoring and internship program to help prepare them to be competitive in the workforce post-graduation.
Meritus’ 2015 strategic plan calls for a southward expansion beyond its San Francisco base. To facilitate this expansion, Meritus seeks to expand its Board of Directors to help implement its goals.
New Board members will foremost be committed to the Meritus mission, be able and willing to provide community connections and access to their personal and professional networks regionally, and make a personally significant annual contribution to the organization. Meritus invites interested parties, including those with backgrounds in finance and marketing, to contact Executive Director, Diana Wolf @ Diana@meritus.org.
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My New Red Shoes: provides Bay Area homeless and low-income children with a new pair of shoes and a $50 retail clothing gift card so that they can start the school year proud and ready to learn. Now in our 8th year, our Clothing for Confidence program has enhanced the lives of more than 21,000 children, and in 2013 we served 6,067 school-aged children in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Serving as a Board Member of My New Red Shoes is a particularly rich and rewarding form of philanthropy. Not only are we giving generously of our financial resources, we are also investing our time and leveraging our business and personal relationships to benefit the lives of homeless and low-income children. The basic necessities of new shoes and clothing can have a transformative effect on the children we serve, removing a critical barrier to their school attendance, participation and performance.
Unlike many boards, we do not measure our participation by the number of hours or committees, or even by the amount of money raised, but rather by the overall and long-term impact of the time and resources we invest together. Our Board is passionate about the mission of My New Red Shoes, the staff who run our programs, the volunteers without whom our work could not be accomplished, and the children we serve, and we believe that the work we do is the wisest investment we can make toward impacting the future of our communities.
Desired Skills and Expertise
* Passionate advocate and ambassador for disadvantaged populations
* Business acumen and experience with strategic planning
* Willingness to engage broader demographic in support of My New Red Shoes mission
* Innovative thinker
* Expertise in marketing or public relations or finance or human resources or other professional endeavors that help to advance our mission
* Previous nonprofit board experience preferred
Contact: Timi Most, Board Vice-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison Berkley Wagonfeld (HBS ’96), Board Member, email@example.com
Niroga Institute has been empowering individuals, families, and communities with tools for health and wellbeing since 2005. Our field-tested, evidence-based, and trauma-informed signature program, Dynamic Mindfulness®, integrates mindful movement, breath, and centering practices in order to build stress resilience, heal trauma, and create healthy communities, compassionate schools, and peaceful neighborhoods across the nation and beyond.
In 2017 Niroga committed its resources to a powerful but simple vision: A Million Mindful Children. With the power to act rather than react, our children can achieve anything. Just $20 a year immerses a child in Dynamic Mindfulness. Currently we are focused on supporting children and youth as well as their adult allies like family members, educators, counselors, school leaders, and administrators. We have served over 60,000 children and youth directly, supported and trained over 12,000 educators, and indirectly served over 500,000 children and youth.
If you have an abiding interest in yoga/mindfulness and/or education transformation, then join us. Niroga seeks exceptional leaders and visionaries to help us transform a generation of children.
As a member of our Strategic Advisory Board, you will have an opportunity to contribute in one or more of the following critical areas:
- Provide critical guidance and assistance in scaling and replicating our programs within regions (Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New Jersey / New York) and across the United States and beyond.
- Serve as a powerful and active advocate of Niroga’s mission and work, including identifying and obtaining the financial resources and partnerships helpful to Niroga in advancing its mission.
- Make a meaningful personal donation to Niroga.
- Communicate as needed with Niroga’s staff and meet bi-yearly with fellow board members.
- Leverage your connections, networks, and resources to enhance Niroga’s reputation and establish it as a leader in its field.
- Apply your strengths in business, marketing, fundraising, and public relations to increase Niroga’s organizational capacity and outreach.
For more information on our mission, values, and programs, please visit our website, www.niroga.org. Please contact Dr. Winter Brown, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining our Strategic Advisory Board.
Noe Valley Chamber Music (NVCM) is now celebrating a 20 year history of chamber music performances by both established and emerging local artists. This year’s seven concert series ends when Jake Heggie returns to our series, bringing the fabulous, world-famous Frederica von Stade to wrap up our 20th season in style!NVCM’s mission is to demystify the classical music experience by presenting first-rate performances of both traditional and innovative chamber music in an intimate setting, thereby enhancing the connection between audience and performers.
Noe Valley Chamber Music is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that presents chamber music performances by the Bay Area’s most outstanding artists and ensembles in warm and intimate concert venues. The series is managed by an all-volunteer Board (five members currently) and a part-time Executive Director with a small operating budget.
NVCM offers concerts of excellent quality at an affordable price (tickets are only $15-25, children 12 and under are free), as well as unparalleled opportunities for audience participation and socialization. We often facilitate discussion between artists and audience, and ask performers to talk informally about their music from the stage. Thus, members of our community experience this wonderful music in the authentic chamber music tradition.
We are looking for new board members who can add strength to our series in the area of publicity and fund raising. We can offer you an education in chamber music if you can help our organization with outreach. If interested, contact Don Spradlin, email@example.com.
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Recovery Cafe San Jose. Recovery Cafe San Jose (RCSJ) is a cutting edge startup nonprofit, a therapeutic healing community serving individuals with drug addiction and mental illness issues (who are often homeless). RCSJ is based on the highly successful Recovery Cafe in Seattle which has had amazing success helping the most discouraged individuals in our society get on the road to recovery.
RCSJ is looking for HBS alums who resonate with the mission of creating a community that can help mentally ill, drug addicted individuals gain recovery in their life. Think of this as a private club for individuals who are at the bottom of life’s barrel who can become members by getting clean and sober for 24 hours. Then they join a recovery circle, give back by working in the Cafe and become part of a community that will support them in their recovery.
This is a working board and fundraising and giving are requirements of each member. Info about the original Recovery Cafe is at www.recoverycafe.org and RCSJ’s web site is www.recoverycafesj.org. If interested contact Jim Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Reset Foundation is transforming the justice system in the United States by creating a results-oriented, education-focused approach to justice. Instead of going to prison, young adults go to a Reset campus, focused on education, career, and healthy living.
Similar to the charter school model, Reset partners with government agencies to re-purpose existing corrections dollars, and are in turn held accountable for improved results. Supported by Tipping Point and Open Society Foundations, Reset is opening a network of campuses, the first in California’s Bay Area (opening this fall) and New York. Reset was co-founded by an HBS alum and was honored to win the “Most Impact” award in the recent Bay Area HBS Alumni business plan competition.
This year in San Francisco, we are launching our pilot—our education and career day program that includes (1) rigorous, project-based high school academics, (2) leadership and healthy living programming, and (3) an entrepreneurial, tech-based curriculum—all designed to unlock creativity, garner self-confidence, and prepare students to succeed in whatever path they choose.
Local Advisory Board
The Reset Foundation is seeking business leaders and community members to join its founding Bay Area board. Our board members are our greatest thought partners, champions, and colleagues—membership on the board presents a unique opportunity to support the growth of a new and well-lauded nonprofit model, connect with business leaders throughout the Bay, and shape the experiences of Reset students.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Board of Trustees is seeking to add at least three new trustees to its Board by June 30, 2014. Located in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is recognized internationally for its unique, diverse and significant plant collections and its expanding role in plant conservation. The Garden’s 55 acres showcase more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world, with 30 percent of the species wild-collected and many rare and endangered.
SFBGS’s mission is to build communities of support for the Botanical Garden and cultivate the bond between people and plants. SFBGS funds and supervises Garden improvements, provides curatorial and plant-collection management services, and propagates plants for the Botanical Garden and for sale to the public. SFBGS’s educational and community programs include daily docent-led tours for visitors of all ages; public events; workshops; and a youth education program that annually serves more than 11,000 schoolchildren, plus their teachers and families. SFBGS maintains the most comprehensive horticultural library in northern California, operates the Garden bookstore and welcomes more than a quarter-million visitors annually from San Francisco, the Bay Area and around the world. SFBGS has more than 3,000 members.
SFBGS currently has 17 Trustees and is working to grow the Board to at least 24, and up to 36, Trustees over the next several years. The goal is to diversify the Board and expand its fundraising capacity. SFBGS is seeking individuals committed to its mission, with skills and experience in business development, finance, law, accounting, human resources and organizational development, strategic planning, education, technology, real estate, sales, marketing, communications, nonprofit organizations, and/or fundraising.
Membership on SFBGS’s Board of Trustees is an opportunity for civic-minded, public-service oriented individuals to serve in a leadership position and, with vision and patience, help a cherished San Francisco cultural institution thrive. SFBGS seeks to provide its trustees an experience that is educational, interesting and rewarding. SFBGS depends on its trustees to be its most enthusiastic advocates, ambassadors, and fundraisers. Trustees are elected for an initial term of three years, which is renewable for another three years, and then extendable annually for up to an additional three years.
Expectations for Individual Trustees
Generally, there are six board meetings each year, and Trustees are expected to serve on at least one board committee or ad hoc work group. There is an Executive Committee and several standing committees including Audit, Development, Finance, Governance and Nominating. There also is a work group devoted to completion of the Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening. SFBGS expects each trustee to make a personal financial contribution each year that is significant relative to one’s means and within the top tier of donations made by the trustee. From time to time, the Board establishes a minimum annual giving expectation for individual trustees. Interested individuals should contact Executive Director Sue Ann Schiff by email at email@example.com or by phone at (415) 661-1316, ext. 415.
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SCORE is an all-volunteer resource partner of the Small Business Administration with a mission to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. They are seeking a new chairman.
The local chapter (one of 300+ across the nation) serves the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin with approximately 50 members (mentors and administrative volunteers). They provide free, one-on-one mentoring and about 75 business related workshops per year (for which there is a small charge). These services are provided in their San Francisco office and in several other locations.
They are looking for a volunteer chairman who has had some nonprofit experience and has or has had a successful business career. He/she would receive about six months of coaching from the current and past chairmen before taking office. They are seeking to build a strong team and have two vice chairmen and six task forces in place to help take the chapter to the next level.
See Well to Learn (SWTL): Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC) is convening an Advisory Council to increase visibility and sustainability for its SWTL initiative. As a primary objective, the Advisory Council will create and implement a marketing and development plan that will result in raising $400,000 in 2014 for the SWTL program. The Council will also advise on a business plan for expansion into other Bay Area counties as well as look at innovative funding mechanisms. Children need to see the blackboard in order to learn. The earlier that vision problems are detected and corrected, the better the trajectory for a student’s academic achievement. See Well to Learn ensures that economically disadvantaged preschoolers in the Bay Area aren’t falling behind because they can’t see clearly. We employ an innovative, school-based approach to accurately detect preschoolers who have vision problems and ensure that those children receive the care they need for vision correction so they can enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
Membership on the Council is an exciting opportunity to participate on the ground level of an innovative program that will deliver unparalleled impacts on children’s vision and early learning in the Bay Area.
We are seeking dedicated individuals who:
– Are committed to reducing health disparities and boosting school readiness for low-income minority children
– Have the desire to make an impact in Bay Area local communities and are willing to commit to Council activities and requirements
– Have substantive expertise in marketing & communications, fundraising, technology, advocacy, or event planning
– Are influential leaders in the areas we serve
To learn more, contact Seth M. Schalet, Chief Executive Officer at (415) 567-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spark is seeking national and regional Board members who share our team’s passion for educational change, and who have the strategic insight and network to lead Spark through a phase of rapid growth. Spark is a rapidly growing nonprofit, headquartered in San Francisco, with a mission of providing life-changing apprenticeships for students in under-served communities. Spark addresses the staggeringly high dropout rates in our urban areas – 30% nationally, and over 50% in cities like Los Angeles – by reaching students early, in middle-school, with a unique one-on-one apprenticeship program in professional workplaces. Over 7 years of operations, Spark has found significant increases in high-school graduation rates, attendance, and grades for students completing its programs. Over the past several years, Spark has grown from a Bay Area -only program to serve Los Angeles, Chicago, and soon Philadelphia. Spark has been fortunate to receive national recognition as a highly effective and scalable educational model. The organization received the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship in 2008, the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010, and in 2011 was featured on the Today Show and on NBC Nightly News for its impact on the dropout crisis.
TeenSmart International – is looking for Board Members who share a passion for teens, education, technology & public health. TeenSmart International (TSI) has developed a successful online education program to improve the lives of teenagers in Central America (www.teensmart.org). TSI works with local schools, churches, and teen promotion groups to distribute its online platform and content to youth ages 10 to 24. By reducing teen pregnancies, STDs, alcohol and drug dependence, and violent behavior, TeenSmart and its partners strive to help teenagers lead more productive and fulfilling lives.The TeenSmart program has recently been endorsed by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education and it has been recommended that Costa Rica’s 5,400 public schools employ the TeenSmart platform and content in their classrooms. Responding to this demand is TSIs biggest current challenge.
TeenSmart International is seeking Board Members who can help raise the financial and human resources to fulfill the immediate demand for TSIs programs. Translating the programs into additional languages and expanding the mission overseas are possible goals for the future.
For more information contact Jim Lynch at: email@example.com
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uAspire Bay Area, the new local chapter of a national non-profit focused on college affordability for low-income youth, is currently building its Board of Directors and would welcome hearing from HBS alumni who are passionate about college access and success for low-income youth and about building an organization from the ground up.
uAspire’s mission is ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a postsecondary education. Here in the Bay Area, we’re not starting small — in our upcoming first full year of service, we will serve 2,000 students at 12 high school and after-school program sites in San Francisco and Oakland. We came to the Bay Area thanks to critical support from the GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy firm that brings proven non-profit models to new cities. uAspire has been empowering the young people of Boston for 29 years!
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Key responsibilities of Board members include partnering with the Executive Director on:
– Raising awareness in our communities of college affordability needs and the ways that uAspire addresses them.
– Securing the financial resources to support uAspire’s growth and sustainability and providing input on site budgets.
– Guiding local site strategy for growth and sustainability.
– Contributing to other strategic decisions as they arise.
Our Founding Board of Directors includes the following members:
« Casey Johnson, GreenLight Fund – Bay Area Executive Director
« Ruben Orduῆa, San Francisco Foundation – VP of Development and Donor Services
« Melissa Williams (HBS ’95), Non-profit Executive and Leadership Volunteer
We are looking to add board members who will roll up their sleeves during our start-up phase to proactively build our network and funding base and public awareness of the challenges that young adults in the Bay Area face in affording college. We are also targeting certain characteristics, such as marketing skills, ties to the finance and tech sectors, and K-12 and higher education expertise.
Please contact Executive Director Lara Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in being considered for uAspire’s local Board of Directors.
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WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products (elephant ivory, rhino horn, shark fins) by persuading consumers with public service announcements (“PSAs”). These PSAs are created using pro bono advertising and media and having celebrity ambassadors send the “message” to stop buying wildlife products. Our message reaches over 1 billion people every week throughout Asia where the demand is the highest. WildAid has earned a remarkable 100% rating by Charity Navigator which is a rare achievement by non-profits.
WildAid is a global organization undergoing rapid growth, and is seeking to add an independent director to its Board of Directors. Specifically, WildAid is looking for individuals with Board experience and senior-level executive expertise in one or more of the following areas: media and communications, operations, finance, social media, fundraising, film/entertainment or international wildlife conservation. Ideal candidates have demonstrated a passion for wildlife conservation, and have been significant donors to non-profit organizations.
As a volunteer member of WildAid’s governing body, a Board Director has responsibilities to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of WildAid so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. A Board Director will share best practices for creating the proper infrastructure, systems, and processes to allow for sustainable expansion.
WildAid is especially interested in candidates willing to serve actively on committees and eventually assume leadership roles on the Board. The WildAid Board meets four times per year in San Francisco.
A WildAid Board Member will bring their expertise and experience to help advance the organization’s development and mission, including:
- Actively promote WildAid’s mission, objectives and fundraising needs to potential funders, volunteers and the community.
- Willingly impart professional experience in discharging Board responsibilities.
- Dedicate time to assist WildAid, participate in meetings, occasionally travel to visit WildAid projects on their own expense.
- Willingly introduce WildAid to their personal network of contacts.
- Serve on at least one standing committee of the Board. Standing committees include: Governance, Development, Programs, Audit, and Finance.
- Commit to giving (or getting) a minimum of $10,000 annual contribution to WildAid, in addition to participating in annual fundraising galas and/or other events.
- Make WildAid a top priority in their philanthropic giving.
- Actively identify and recruit potential financial supporters and Board members.