Nonprofit Organizations – Apply to become a partner organization!
This program places graduate students from the Fowler College of Business and the School of Social Work on nonprofit boards as non-voting member. In addition to their board service, students work with a board member and/ or the executive director to complete a strategic project that aligns with their graduate studies. Nonprofit boards will benefit from the fresh perspective of a graduate student. They also gain a valuable opportunity to mentor the next generation of board leaders.
The following are minimum requirements for and NPO to apply for a Board Fellow:
- Budget of at least $250,000
- At least 2 staff members
- Has to have been in existence for at least 2 years
- Have a tax exemption (or in the application process) from the Internal Revenue Service
The following areas must be considered prior to partnering with a local nonprofit organization:
- Time Commitment
The partnering organization must understand that this is not an opportunity for a pro bona consulting project. The partnering organization must assign a project that will directly benefit the board while expose the student to a real world board project. Example project include:
- Building financial models for planning purposes
- Benchmarking a certain program
- Participate in the development of a strategic plan
A critical asset for the success of a Board Fellow is a having a Board member mentor. Mentors are expected to work closely with the Fellow to onboard them to the N PO, answer questions and serve as the bridge between the Fellows and organization. Each NPO must commit to having a mentor who can meet the following exceptions
- Work with the Fellow for at least 2 hours a month
- Serve as an advisor on the student’s board project
- Prepare the student for board meetings
- Ensure the student feels welcome and supported during their service
Nonprofits should expect to spend about 2 additional hours a month mentoring the student.
Fellows are selected each year through a competitive, application process that will begin during the spring semester. The two-part application process includes a written section and is followed by a group case interview, by invitation only.
last updated: 3/15/2019