Helping boards work better

Our nonprofit organizations can only be as strong as their volunteer boards. Marlboro College is committed to the growth and development of nonprofit boards and their members. We are proud to partner with Youth Services, United Way of Windham County, and SEVEDS to pilot an innovative board development program called Get on Board Windham County.

About the Program

Get on Board has a dual mission: providing skills development and networking opportunities for young professionals while supporting local nonprofits.

Helping the Community

Every nonprofit must, legally, have a board of trustees. Boards help define the vision and direction of nonprofits, as well as providing financial oversight to ensure  organizations remains strong. Windham County has a lot of nonprofits and many boards are looking for new members. By providing young professionals with the skills they need to be quality board members, while simultaneously providing training to existing boards, Get On Board will help boards and their nonprofits remain strong now and well into the future. 

Learn More 

Questions? Contact Kate Jellema: nonprofit@marlboro.edu, (802) 451-7510

2012-2013 Board Fellows (clockwise from left) Stefanie Ashlyn, Rachel Selsky, Tess Lindsay, Alyssa Todd, Shea Witzo, Tariq Chaudhri, Erich Kruger, Suzie Wagner, Jesse Woosley, Dan Ridgeway, Abby Mnookin, HB Lozito, Nathanile Brooks, Seth Proctor, Tony Par

Board Fellows Experience

"In a place like Vermont where the population tends to skew to the older end of things and especially with regard to board service, it can be difficult for excited and well-qualified young folks to break in to an organization's board. It serves the organizations, youth of the community, and the boards themselves to have new perspectives and people on the board. I would not have served on a board without this program. Both myself and my organization are better for it!" -- A 2012-13 Fellow 

Windham County residents, age 22-44, have the opportunity to build leadership skills and a personal network while serving our community. Applicants will be matched with boards based on issue interest, existing skills / knowledge, and board needs.

Fellows commit 5-10 hours of time per month over 9 months. This includes 3-6 hours of workshops, social / networking events and volunteer service, plus 2-4 hours of service on a participating board monthly.

Workshop topics will include Board Roles and Responsibilities, Finances and Fundraising, Strategic Thinking, and Conflict Resolution.  

The next Get On Board series will begin in January 2015.

Building Nonprofit Boards

"We were able to broaden our demographic and engage with younger locals and learn new organizational techniques to further our mission." --2012-13 Nonprofit Partner

Windham County nonprofits would you like to:

  • Tap into new potential board prospects?
  • Work with young professionals who are willing to pitch in and help?
  • Receive board training and support from experts and nonprofit peers in our community? 

Get On Board fellows will be assigned to boards as non-voting members based on passion for issues and skill set match. Fellows will serve six-month exploratory terms, with the hope that they will continue as full members following the completion of the program.

Is your nonprofit interested in participating? Find out more 

"For organizations and individuals wanting to strengthen the nonprofit sector and/our their own organizations, this is a great program to receive board training and participation by young adults with varied skills in our region." -- 2012-13 Nonprofit Partner

Other Board Trainings

For those just getting started, we have created Boarding 101, a low-cost half-day introduction to board roles and responsibilities. For seasoned officers seeking advanced training, we offer Partners in Nonprofit Leadership, a full-day training designed to bring executive directors and board leaders into strategic alignment. Please contact Kate Jellema if you would like to bring either of these workshops to your town.

Please sign up for the Red Clover, our program e-newsletter, to stay informed of all our offerings.

We are proud to work with the Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham Foundation, National Life Group Foundation, the United Way of Windham County and many local partners on these board training initiatives.

Windam Foundation

United Way

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National Life Group Foundation