Philadelphia Foundation


Board Recruitment Strategy


This project is

In Progress

Matched with:

Jennifer K.

This project will save us $11,395 , allowing us to eliminate various fees and expenses associated with operating the event. That will enable us to make larger donations to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation.

What We Need

  • Assessment of specific Organizational needs mapped to specific board roles
  • Outline of ideal board structure and opportunities for new roles
  • Candidate evaluation guide for prospective board members
  • Marketing tools and guidance on how to execute recruitment
  • Note: This project does not include actual board recruitment on the part of the Professional

How This Will Help

We are looking to build a committee of philanthropic-minded individuals--who might or might not be dog lovers :)--to assist in organizing the 2018 National Dog Show Gala. We have struggled to identify willing parties to invest the time. Our thinking is that board recruitment tactics and strategies via Catchafire might be an answer. The National Dog Show Gala takes place the night before the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show, November 17-18, just outside Philadelphia. It raises money for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation and takes place at Valley Forge Casino.

What We Have In Place

We have the resources of Vizion Group, a marketing and PR agency based in Berwyn, PA, and its team of operatives who plan and execute National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia events. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia membership includes volunteers from the Philadelphia region, who organize the annual National Dog Show, which dates back to 1879. The National Dog Show and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia work closely with media partners NBC Philadelphia, the Beasley Broadcasting Group of Delaware Valley Radio Stations, MetroKids magazine, and WEEU radio in Reading, PA.

Fun Fact

A great opportunity to work with dynamic, community-service minded people is there for volunteers in the Greater Philadelphia area. We also have the National Dog Show Charity Walk, art exhibit, theatrical production, and, of course, the dog shows at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager communicates existing board structure, including background on board members and specific roles or committees, if applicable
  • Volunteer Manager provides relevant materials on Organizational history
Milestone 1: Information Gathering
  • Professional connects with Volunteer Manager and one or more board members to assess specific Organizational needs and goals for board involvement
Milestone 2: Board Structure Strategy
  • Professional outlines strategy for ideal number of board members, and specific roles to be filled
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which Professional incorporates
Milestone 3: Candidate Evaluation Guide and Recruitment Tools
  • Professional outlines key criteria to guide recruitment of prospective board members
  • Professional helps write descriptions of specific board roles to be filled
  • Professional provides any guidance on potential recruiting channels
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Executive level experience in business or nonprofit management, board development, or senior leadership hiring
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to accomplish goals
Prerequisites for Organization
  • A staff member and board (if one exists) committed to the project
  • Clearly articulated strategic plan and Organizational goals
  • A vision for your board that goes beyond fundraising

Our Mission

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia promotes the sport of purebred dogs, advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion and supports the advancement of canine health, both in the Philadelphia region and around the country. The Kennel Club also promotes this mission in conjunction with its role in hosting The National Dog Show Presented by Purina and televised by NBC annually on Thanksgiving Day.