Board Prospecting

Help Family And Youth Initiative Inc Look through the Organization's data to assess their current audiences to determine a shortlist of potential board members.
Family And Youth Initiative Inc
Washington, DC, USA
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Family And Youth Initiative Inc
Washington, DC, USA


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Posted October 23rd

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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 10 years old. First board: friends & contacts of board members. Not all were successful members. We developed recruitment process, ask prospective members be involved w/ us at least 6 months before being considered for board. Works but we haven't had enough prospective members. Two rolling off in Jan. (we were already down). Bd Dev committee not active since previous chair left board. We'd like to recruit mbrs w/ more connections (& not afraid to use them) but we need help getting there

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have mission statement, motivated ED, onboarding process, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have draft of strategic plan, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $5,198 , allowing us to increase the number of teens in foster care & young adults who have aged out of care who have lasting relationships w/caring adults. (Some adults have been w/ their young people for 6 or 7 years now!)

DCFYI helps teens in foster care develop what become lasting and life changing relationships with amazing adult volunteers. We are weathering the pandemic with our finances intact. But we are also only serving some of the area teens who could use this support (now more than ever). We could be more effective and serve more teens if we can find new board members who can help us raise additional funding and achieve our strategic growth goals.

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

Family And Youth Initiative Inc
Posted by
Susan P.

Executive Director

Our Mission

Family & Youth Initiative creates community and lasting relationships for teens and young adults in foster care.

What We Do

Family & Youth Initiative's innovative approach brings adults and teens together to form a community: raising comfort levels, breaking down barriers, and resulting in teens being matched with adult mentors, host parents and adoptive parents. We normalize adoption and increase the number of teens who are adopted. We create opportunity for adult-teen relationships to form naturally and comfortably.

Our programming has the following core elements:
* Events that bring together adults and teens to share a fun activity and build relationships.
* Mentors who spend at least eight hours a month with a teen for at least two years.
* Host parents who welcome a teen into their home for weekend visits and serve as the youth's adoption "advocate," helping him or her meet other adults to expand the circles of people who know the teen and increase opportunities to find an adoptive family.
* Opportunities for prospective adoptive parents to get to know teens waiting for families.