Board Prospecting

Help Western New England University look through the Organization's data to assess their current audiences to determine a shortlist of potential board members.
Western New England University
Springfield, MA, USA
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Springfield, MA, USA


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Posted June 3rd

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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

TBD; currently building Advisory Board from scratch. Have identified some potential members but they are not diverse; want to priorities diversity (broadly speaking, as well as racial diversity), and include members from the community we serve. This may involve going beyond our current donors, volunteers, and other constituents.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have donor logs, volunteer logs, strategic plan, current data, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a keen interest in having a first Board meeting by July 2, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $5,198 , allowing us to put those funds directly toward the clients we serve.

The CSJ has grown rapidly over the last year since bringing on its first full-time director. We need now to set up an Advisory Board which will help steer the CSJ moving ahead and provide valuable resources (and some fundraising) as we work toward sustainability.

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

Western New England University
Posted by
Ariel C.

Director, Center for Social Justice

Our Mission

Advancing justice through research, education, advocacy, innovation, and public engagement.

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