Board Member Connect Announces Board Development Partnership with Make-A-Wish®

Grand Rapids, Mich., February 28, 2017 – Board Member Connect, the leading board recruitment firm for nonprofit organizations, and Make-A-Wish® — the global wish-granting organization that has granted more than 285,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories since its inception in 1980 — today announced a board recruitment partnership.

The partnership will allow Make-A-Wish chapters across the country to utilize Board Member Connect’s services to find high-level, philanthropically minded executives, who are passionate about Make-A-Wish, for their boards.

“Make-A-Wish appeals to executives looking to lend their expertise and skillsets to a cause that makes a life-changing, widespread difference in the lives of kids, families and entire communities,” said Deborah Thompson, vice president of chapter support for Make-A-Wish America. “With the help of Board Member Connect, Make-A-Wish will be able to source proven leaders and non-profit advocates to further strengthen and empower our boards.”

Nonprofit organizations face the ongoing challenge of finding new and engaged board members who are high-level executives. For many, this ranks only behind fundraising as their biggest obstacle. Utilizing a board recruiting service like Board Member Connect, allows organizations to extensively increase the reach for high-level board members into exclusive networks not easily accessed by the current board and leadership, while saving valuable time and resources.

“It’s both an honor and privilege to work with such a prestigious organization that is committed to granting wishes to children around the country who are living with life-threatening illnesses,” said David Lewis, Founder and CEO of Board Member Connect. “Partnering with Make-A-Wish marks a milestone for Board Member Connect, as we continue to expand our footprint within the nonprofit industry by collaborating with the world’s most renowned organizations.”

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 285,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

About Board Member Connect

Board Member Connect is the leading board recruiting, search and placement firm that has matched professionals with nonprofit organizations since 2010. They specialize in placing top-level business executives on local, national and international nonprofit boards. For more information, please visit

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