Benefits and Responsibilities

Benefits for Nonprofit Partners

  • Receive quality assistance and new perspectives on projects requiring business skills.
  • Make connections with future potential board members.
  • Access new networks of resources and connections through FBF and the Fox School of Business.
  • Support current and future business leaders’ involvement and interest in the nonprofit sector.

Benefits for Fellows

  • Apply classroom knowledge to real-life strategic and operational challenges.
  • Develop management and leadership skills through experiential learning.
  • Gain experience working with seasoned professionals from public and private sectors.
  • Develop an understanding of nonprofit governance and have an impact on the surrounding community.

Responsibilities for Fellow

  • Attend all board meetings and serve 5-10 hours per month on a board committee.
  • Attend and assist with special events as required of full board members.
  • Identify and complete a project that is related to the board’s work, add value to the nonprofit, and utilize their own experience and expertise.
  • Maintain the same standards of confidentiality as other board members.
  • Communicate regularly with FBF staff and organization mentor regarding the progress of service and project.
  • Participate in FBF training workshops and orientation.

Responsibilities For Partner Nonprofit Organization

  • Identify and select a mentor from the board of directors for the Fellow. The mentor should be a current member of the board of directors.
  • Identify, in association with the Fellow and the mentor, a project or projects related to the work of the board, in which the Fellow can actively and productively participate.
  • Provide the Fellow an orientation to the nonprofit, nonprofit staff and its board of directors.
  • Place Fellow on the board mailing list so he/she receives board materials and notices in advance of the board meetings and invitations to special events at the nonprofit.
  • Participate in the FBF kickoff event in the fall.
  • Attend the Orientation to the Fox Board Fellow Program.
  • Complete evaluations (mid-year and end-of-year) sent by Fox Board Fellows.

Responsibilities For Board Mentor

  • Help orient the Fellow to board members and unique board and committee structures and practices.
  • Meet with the Fellow on a mutually agreeable, regular basis to provide guidance and support.
  • Help ensure that the Fellow’s project work contributes to the ongoing needs of the board.
  • Attend the Fox Board Fellows orientation program.
  • Complete evaluations sent by Fox Board Fellows faculty and program director.