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Nonprofit Speed Dating | May 7


Nonprofit organizations, board bootcamp graduates and emerging leaders.

Fast, structured “speed networking” rounds, with informal social mingling after.

Nonprofit board members will meet emerging leaders interested in getting involved with a nonprofit organization with an eye for a potential board leadership role in the future.

When & Where?

Thursday, May 7 | 5:30-8:00

Indiana Tech Law School | Barrister Commons

Registered Nonprofit Organizations Participating*

  • ​Cinema Center
  • ​L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy
  • ​Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry
  • ​American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana
  • ​Science Central
  • ​Allen County SPCA
  • ​Believe in a Dream
  • ​Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
  • ​The X Count
  • ​Rescue the Rialto/Reclamation Project
  • ​WFWA | PBS 39
  • ​The Power House Youth Center

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Reflections on BLF14: Post #7 – Engaging Millennials in Board Service

Reflections on 2014 Board Leadership Forum, submitted by Carrie Minnich. This is the second of  several reviews by Carrie.

GOB Washington
The GOB in front of the Washington Monument. Carrie Minnich is standing on the right.

Designing the Board You Want with Millennials in Mind  (Annette Cousins, Bill Martin)

Given the mission of the Get on Board Committee, to train, connect, and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve, I was interested in learning how a partnership in Richmond, Virginia between the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE) and the Valentine Richmond History Center was engaging millennials in board service.

The Board Immersion Program was administered through PNE.  Six individuals, primarily young professionals, participated in the program through an application process. The application process included an interview and a $50 fee paid to PNE.

As part of the program, the 6 individuals chosen shadowed the Valentine board for one year, attended board meetings, participated in committees, co-led strategic planning groups, and contributed financially to the Valentine Richmond History Center.

At the end of the year, the Valentine found board members to be more engaged with new energy and perspectives.

They also found that insight into the next generation was key in their strategic planning. The program participants were able to gain access to experienced leaders and see how decisions are made. They also found that they had greater confidence and increased ability in expressing their opinions. None of the participants of the program were asked to stay on as board members after the one year was up, although some continued as committee members.

Similar to Get on Board,

…this partnership is focused on engaging young people in board service; however, from the information provided, it sounded as more of an internship program. Get on Board goes further by providing training and resources for emerging leaders, to not only become familiar with board service but to actually be valuable board members, not just shadow board members. Nevertheless, the session spoke to the importance of engaging younger board members in nonprofit board service, which all nonprofit boards should be including in their succession planning.


Registration for Spring 2015 Board Bootcamp now OPEN

What is Board Bootcamp?

  • Board Bootcamp is a four-hour introduction into nonprofit board service,roles and responsibilities.
  • It is a program of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center and supported by a grant from
    Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc.
    Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc.

    the Foellinger Foundation.

  • Board Bootcamp is facilitated by Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc.

Who’s Eligible to Attend?

  • Board Bootcamp is for emerging leaders who are wondering if board service is right for them.
  • Individuals with interest, or curious about serving our community’s nonprofits who have no prior experience of board service.
  • Current board members of Allen County nonprofits with 2 years* or less experience.

When is it?

There are two Spring 2015 sessions from which to choose, but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Click on date to go to registration for either Friday, April 10 | 9-1   or, Saturday, April 11 | 9-1


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Register Now for Board Bootcamp

photo credit: Andrew Hoffman, Get on Board

Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Sign them up for Board Bootcamp today – and help them discover their role in meeting your mission.

Perhaps you’re a new board member? Or curious about what that even means – and how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Begin your research with Board Bootcamp.

Consider Board Bootcamp


Board Bootcamp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with two years or less* board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them.

Mike Stone, bootcamp facilitator


Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Bootcamp, introducing:

~ the basics of the nonprofit sector;

~responsibilities of a board member;

and how to find an organizational fit.


Friday, April 10 | 9-1

Or, Saturday, April 11 | 9-1

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Get on Board Initiative to be Shared with BoardSource in Washington, DC

We’re presenting at Board Leadership Forum!

For Immediate Release

Get on Board, a committee of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center (PCNRC) at the Allen County Public Library, was selected to present its project for addressing emerging leader board training, recruitment and retention needs at the annual BoardSource ‘Board Leadership Forum’ conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C. October 9-10.

“The Get on Board committee is thrilled to be able to share the stories of our emerging leaders in service to nonprofits and to talk about how our programs support them,” said Lettice Haver, co-chair of Get on Board and librarian at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.

See Donald Gage’s story here:

“We’ll be attending the conference too, so we’ll bring home so many good ideas and principles on engaging, effective board governance,” notes Haver.

BoardSource, the only national organization focused exclusively on nonprofit governance, formally announced presentation selections for their annual conference in July. This year’s theme is Governance By Design. More than 700 board members, chief executives, staff, and nonprofit professionals are expected to attend.

The Get on Board presentation, “Designing Community-Level Support for Emerging Board Leaders,” will encourage other communities to consider what local resources they can connect and build upon to train, connect and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve.

pcnrc and foellingerAbout Get on Board
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Above Board: Millennials and Nonprofit Boards

Where you’ll find bits & pieces of information about, and for nonprofit boards

“As a young professional, I’ll admit that “Join a Nonprofit Board of Directors” was never on my list of career goals. Likewise, “Recruit a Board Member Just Out of College” isn’t high on the strategic plan of most nonprofits. But now, I’m a 29-year old with 6 years of board experience across as many different organizations.  […] And I’ve realized how valuable board service can be for a Millennial, and how valuable Millennials can be to nonprofit boards.”

From Millennials and Nonprofit Boards: 10 Tips for Finding Each Other by Kyle Gracey

YLNI_GOB-8The PCNRC and YLNI are just completing their second year of the Get on Board project, with funding support from the Foellinger Foundation. The intent of this project is to engage young generations in serving community nonprofits, through volunteerism and board stewardship.
Save the Date for the next Board Bootcamp: October 18th from 9-1.
Nearly 70 individuals have participated in Board Boot Camp and over roughly 80 nonprofits have met with many of those Boot Camp graduates and others at Get Connected events already. The program has been very successful and will continue for another two years, starting in October and all of this makes the following LinkedIN blog by Kyle Gracey very timely.
“For Millennials, a generation that already shows a strong interest in volunteering and public service, board work can be a great way to give back to your community or country, will give you direct experience in financial and personnel management and organizational strategy, and can expose you to senior contacts at a variety of other companies and organizations, since your fellow board members will likely be much further in their careers than you.
For boards, we Millennials are tech-savvy, extremely passionate, as a generation, about issues nonprofits work on, and part of the very group who will be the next nonprofit leaders and recipients of nonprofit services”.