Fox Board Fellows is a program created to bring valuable business skills to nonprofits and expose students to nonprofit management and governance. Fox Board Fellows are interviewed and selected to participate on a nonprofit board as non-voting members while receiving hands-on experience on how a nonprofit board runs. This program is offered in conjunction with SGM a required course. Fellows are then assigned a project by their partnered organization to provide the organization with a solution that best fits the project’s scope and organization’s needs.
Art-Reach Program Reflections
“The board fellowship program provided me an opportunity to utilize the knowledge I gained at Fox to benefit the Philadelphia community. The project I was assigned by Art-Reach was very challenging, but helping to support such a worthwhile mission made the experience a very rewarding one as well. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a great organization and group of people. My involvement with the Board Fellows program has made social innovation a matter that is very important to me. I am confident that my time as a Board Fellow for Art-Reach will be invaluable to me when serving on non-profit boards in the future.”
“Kevin was a great asset to Art-Reach. He understood his Fellowship project immediately and provided a level of expertise and strategic thinking that really delivered on what we were trying to achieve: a decision-making tool that could be used ongoing under a variety of circumstances, conditions and factors. He provided the right amount of board-level capacity at an ideal time for the organization. The whole partnership with Fox and the Board Fellows program was very rewarding and productive. It’s a real value-added for Philadelphia’s nonprofit community.”
Habitat For Humanity Program Reflections
“Working with the Habitat for Humanity team was a Fox Board Fellow was a defining moment of my MBA graduate program. It’s important to understand and recognize how non-profit organizations operate and contribute to society. Thanks to the guidance and professionalism of the entire staff and board members at Habitat, I experienced what it really means to be a professional businessperson in Philadelphia – donations of professional services is just as important as monetary, being part of a community is serving it through volunteerism and charity alignment belongs in every business model.”
“Every day at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, we strive to make affordable homeownership a reality for hard working, low-income families. We recognize that we cannot do this work alone but must rely on support of community partners and supporters. The Fox Board Fellows program has been a solid community partner matching talented, passionate and driven students with professional experience with Habitat Philadelphia. Working on specific initiatives like enhancing our social media presence or developing ReStore marketing strategies, Fox Board Fellows have added tremendous value to our day-to-day operations, as well as, have been a positive addition to critical conversations at the board level. Habitat Philadelphia thanks our past Fox Board Fellows and looks forward to our continued partnership. Working together, we are building houses, building hope and building Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia VIP Program Reflections
“Simply put, being a Fox Board Fellow was the best thing I ever did during my MBA. The value stemmed from the fact that the program gave me the truly unique opportunity to accept responsibility from some of the most senior professionals in Philadelphia. I’ll admit that at times it was daunting, but for me (and I think for many, if not all students), school is exactly about being given the opportunity to take up these kinds of challenges and the chance to be truely ambitious about impacting our communities. The Board Fellows program is unique and powerful because it gives participants the chance to simultaneously contribute to meaningful causes and showcase yourself to Philadelphia’s professional community. I’m very proud to have contributed to the organization I was involved with. While I sometimes wish I could have done more, I’m confident that I can continue to be engaged, such is the strength of the relationships that have been forged.”
“Philadelphia VIP is a proud partner with Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the Fox Board Fellows Program. VIP hosted its first Fellow in the Fall of 2011, and our experience with the program exceeded our wildest expectations. We envisioned a small project that would help VIP analyze our case referrals. Thanks to Kyle’s enthusiasm and hard work, guided by the wonderful staff at Temple, we instead finished with a large-scale analysis that is the basis of our strategic plan. It was a pleasure to work with Kyle on this project and VIP truly benefited from both his expertise and the program itself. We are looking forward hosting our next Fellow this Fall and highly recommend this amazing program.