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Welcome Board Match to Washington, DC

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Charge Up Collaborative is pleased welcome Board Match®  to Washington, DC. The event will be held on the evening of May 11, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Board Match® is a networking event that introduces nonprofits to hundreds of business professionals with the goal to place them as board members at local nonprofits. Prospective board candidates come from major companies, professional services firms and public agencies across  the D.C. metro area.

Studies show that community-based nonprofits, on average, are recruiting for three board members at any given time. Recruiting exclusively from current board members’ networks results in a homogenous – rather than diverse – pool of candidates. Nearly 60% of nonprofits surveyed by the Volunteer Center ranked board recruitment as “very difficult.” A study by Charge Up Collaborative identified governance assistance as the most sought after capacity building resource for the region’s nonprofits.

Nonprofits want and need high-quality board members with diverse skills and backgrounds. Companies, professional services firms, and other employers recognize how board service complements their existing corporate social responsibility initiatives and provides personal and professional growth for their employees. Since 2005, Board Match® has connected more than 1,000 San Francisco- and Silicon Valley-based nonprofits to 11,000+ men and women working in finance, management, technology, marketing, and dozens of other professions. With seed funding from Google, the Volunteer Center is undertaking a nationwide expansion, launching in NYC in 2016 and DC and LA in 2017.

Although the formal deadline has passed, applications are still being accepted to fill the few dozen remaining spots. Act fast and apply here. Nonprofit participation fees are $250-$400 based on a budget-based sliding scale.

The event is presented by The Volunteer Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. The Charge Up Collaborative is serving alongside a host committee that includes: the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Catalogue for Philanthropy, DC Bar Pro Bono Center, Fair Chance, Foundation Center, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Sanctuary, Resource Partners, and Volunteer Fairfax. We will have a table at the event. Stop by and see us to learn how your nonprofit could benefit from classes, trainings, and technical assistance programs provided by our network.

We look forward to seeing you at the debut of this board networking, board matching event!