Berkeley Board Fellows (BBF) is an 8-month experiential learning program that places MBA alumni, MBA students, and other graduate students as Fellows on local nonprofit boards of directors. For the academic year, nonprofits welcome Fellows as (non-voting) board members, providing exposure to their mission and the leadership that guides that mission. The Fellows undertake a strategic project identified by the Board, applying the expertise of faculty and coaches provided by the Center. These same faculty and coaches provide training for BBF nonprofit partners on the Berkeley campus.
Unique features and benefits of hosting a Fellow include:
- Strategically significant project: Fellows complete a strategically significant project identified by you and your Board. Projects can fall into any of the following four categories
- performance measurement
- financial management
- Mentoring: One of your board members serves as mentor to the Fellow for the term of the Fellowship to guide the Board Fellow through his or her participation on the board.
- Time commitment: Fellows expect to average eight hours of board service/month (meetings + project work). We place two Fellows on each board, so you can expect an average of 16 hours/month of support. The time commitment of the Board Mentor and/or the Executive Director varies depending on the complexity of the project assigned.
- Deepening the Leadership Pipeline: By hosting BBFs, you will help train the next generation of nonprofit leaders who will in turn improve the social sector.
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August 14, 2015 – Nonprofit applications close
October 5, 2015 – Matches of organizations and Fellows announced
October 21, 2015, evening – BBF Kick-Off Meeting (nonprofits and Fellows attend)
October through May 2016 – BBF serve with nonprofits