Board Prospecting

Help Cohort Sistas look through the Organization's data to assess their current audiences to determine a shortlist of potential board members.
Cohort Sistas
Newark, DE, USA
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Newark, DE, USA


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Posted March 25th

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What we need
  • Assessment of current donors, volunteers, beneficiaries and other constituents to pinpoint people who are interested in serving your Organization
  • Informal staff and board interviews to survey potential connections and/or leads
  • A document of up to ten pages that lists potential board members based upon your Organization's data and current audiences
  • Note: The Professional will not be communicating with prospective board members.
Additional details

We are looking to expand our board of directors but do not have staff capacity or enough board experience to do so effectively. We're looking for about 10 prospects, in hopes that 3-4 will consider joining our board.

What we have in place
  • We currently have a board gap matrix, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have volunteer, comms, and donor data, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How this will help
This project will save us $5,198 , allowing us to organize 3 professional development workshops for our underrepresented doctoral scholars.

As a new nonprofit (3 years old), we have struggled to build an engaged, experienced board of directors. We know they exist but would love assistance identifying the right people who can and want to support our mission.

Project plan

Prep: Introduction & Kick-Off
  • Volunteer Manager provides relevant materials on Organizational history, mission and board recruitment priorities
  • Volunteer Manager shares donors, volunteers, beneficiaries, and other audience data with Volunteer including but not limited to communications engagement, volunteering hours, donations, success stories, and network connections
  • Volunteer Manager connects Volunteer to any board members and/or staff members who are involved in board prospecting
Milestone 1: First Round of Research
  • Volunteer conducts first round of research and board and staff interviews (if applicable)
  • Volunteer connects with Volunteer Manager for an overview/progress update based on first round of research to align on documentation structure and preliminary findings
Milestone 2: Final Round of Research & Discoveries
  • Volunteer delivers final list of prospective board members with relevant information compiled during research with key takeaways highlighted in separate document
  • Some examples of what information the document may include, if applicable and available: names, contact information, the reason why they're a prospect, if they have any connections to staff or board members, how likely they are to be interested, and/or an overview of volunteer and giving history
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About the org

Cohort Sistas
Our mission

Cohort Sistas provides digital resources, mentorship, and community to improve equity in doctoral education. While our programs and platform are open to all doctoral students, applicants, and degree holders, we prioritize and center the needs and perspectives of Black women and nonbinary scholars.

What we do

Founded in July 2020, Cohort Sistas has over 3,000 members across academic disciplines from all around the world. As the only non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to equipping Black women currently or interested in pursuing doctoral education with the knowledge, support, and community they need to thrive in the Ivory Tower, Cohort Sistas works to:

1. Increase the number of Black women and nonbinary people who matriculate into and complete doctoral degrees.

2. Reduce the undue financial and emotional burden of doctoral education for Black women and nonbinary people.

3. Strengthen the pipeline of Black women and nonbinary leaders in higher education, research, government, and industry, whose work and influence will create positive social change for all.

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