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Board Fellows Program for Nonprofit Organizations

Board Fellows Program

 

Nonprofit Organizations – Apply to become a partner organization!

This program places graduate students from the Fowler College of Business and 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.


Minimum Requirements

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:

  • Project
  • Mentorship
  • Time Commitment
  • Feedback

Project

The partnering organization must understand that this is not an opportunity for a pro bono 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 projects include:

  • Building financial models for planning purposes
  • Benchmarking a certain program
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan

Mentorship

  • 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

Time Commitment

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). Fellows are notified of their acceptance by late-May.


Application Process

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). Fellows are notified of their acceptance by late-May.


Questions?

For more information, contact Steve Hornberger of the SDSU Social Policy Institute, School of Social Work, at shornberger@mail.sdsu.edu.

 

 

last updated 4/25/2017