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Everything you need to know about BoardBuild to quickly become a board-builder!

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  • BoardBuild is an innovative platform for emerging and established leaders and nonprofit organizations to connect and form board-level relationships. Through engaging board governance training and an algorithm-based matching system, individuals are trained and optimally paired with nonprofits to serve as qualified board members. BoardBuild strengthens organizations with the skills of diverse leaders, and in turn, helps to further community development.
  • Currently we are in our building phase with plans for a soft rollout on July 1, 2019 and a full rollout on September 1, 2019.
  • Our scope is national. Once we have achieved an optimal platform we’ll begin to expand.
  • BoardBuild is a joint venture partnership between Leadership Fort Worth and United Way Tarrant County.
  • The Morris Foundation is our Founding Sponsor. Additional visionary supporters include the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Sid Richardson Foundation, and Texas Health Resources.
  • For a complete list of our donors and sponsors, please click here.

BoardBuild has three target audiences:

  • Emerging and established leaders who want to broaden and develop their community trusteeship as board members of nonprofit organizations.
  • Nonprofit organizations who want a simple and sophisticated mechanism to identify skilled board members
  • Companies who want to sponsor the development and community connections of key employees

BoardBuild’s self-paced, online, on-demand training consists of 20 lessons in 6 modules:

  1. Board Member Basics
  2. Essential Guiding Documents: Mission Statement, Bylaws, Policies and Strategic Plan
  3. Financial Statements and Budget
  4. Monitoring Agency Programs and CEO Performance
  5. Board Meetings and Committees
  6. How to be a Great Board Member

The course also provides essential information for organizational sustainability:

  • The importance of financial support by each board member
  • The complexity of CEO/staff relationships
  • Strategic planning
  • The value of a reserve fund
  • Each module is approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length.
  • There is a short quiz after each lesson, as well as a worksheet to help reinforce what participants are learning.
  • Throughout each module, a nationally known comedy troupe is featured for a lively learning experience.
  • At the end of the course, participants who pass a final test will earn a BoardBuild Qualified badge and will be registered in BoardBuild’s online matching system.

Absolutely!

  • Individuals who want to serve on  nonprofit boards
  • Nonprofits who want to train existing board members or onboard new members
  • Companies who want to engage employees in nonprofit board service

After course participants successfully complete the training, they are automatically enrolled in the online matching system.

  • Course participants will fill out a profile that lists their skills and areas of interest.
  • Nonprofit organizations will post listings for prospective board members. Listings will specify mission, board size, program areas and organizational age among other identifying characteristics.
  • The program will automatically match suitable candidates with nonprofit agencies.

Training in the essentials of board governance, or proof of knowledge through successful completion of a placement exam, is required to enroll in the BoardBuild match system.

An algorithm will sort through an individual’s reported interests and skills and match those with nonprofits looking for similar board candidates.  The system will generate a list of nonprofit board openings that are ranked to align from high to low with an individual’s identified skills and interests.  A search function will allow an individual to learn more about each nonprofit and the contact person at the nonprofit.

BoardBuild does not verify the background information provided by prospective board candidates.  Parties are advised to conduct their own due diligence.

Nonprofit organizations are required to provide an IRS Letter of Determination, as well as an organizational profile.  Potential board candidates are advised to conduct their own due diligence as part of the matching process.

You bet!  We want to partner with you to create a strong board.  Just let us know what you need.

BoardBuild has created the connection.  Now it is up to the potential board candidate and the nonprofit to create the love.  Don’t be shy.  Reach out to one another and schedule an initial interview.

Definitely!  BoardBuild is all about alignment and opportunity resulting in a stronger community.

BOARD MEMBERS REPORT:


That their board experience

85% of board members repot that their board experience increases appreciation of perspectives of people from different backgrounds.

Increases appreciation of perspectives of people from different backgrounds.

85%

Deepens their understanding of the challenges people face.

76%

Makes them more empathic.

© 2018 Alice Korngold