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Everything you need to know about BoardBuild so you can 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 matching local nonprofits with qualified board candidates, we will begin to expand.
  • BoardBuild is a joint venture partnership between Leadership Fort Worth and the 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 on “Donors & Sponsors”.

BoardBuild has three target audiences:

  • Emerging and established leaders who want to broaden and develop their community trusteeship as board members
  • 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, 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 leaning.
  • Throughout each module we are featuring a nationally known comedy troupe for a lively learning experience.
  • At the end of the course participants will pass a final test and earn a BoardBuild Qualified badge.

Absolutely!

  • Individuals who want to serve on 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.
  • Nonprofit organizations will post listings for prospective board members.
  • The program will automatically match suitable candidates with nonprofit agencies.

BoardBuild does not verify the background information provided by prospective board candidates.  Parties are expected 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 expected to conduct their own due diligence as part of the matching process.

All potential board candidates in BoardBuild’s match system have demonstrated a basic level of knowledge regarding board governance and oversight as reflected by a BoardBuild Qualified badge.  If you can pass the comprehensive exam with a score of 80% or better, you will be automatically enrolled in the BoardBuild match system.

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

The potential board candidate and the nonprofit will both be notified of the match.  It is up to each party to proceed with introductions and next steps.

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

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