Client Case Study I

Our Client
A Philadelphia based national nonprofit that provides assistance to the homeless across eleven major metropolitan cities in the United States. Each chapter has an advisory board with a sole purpose of raising money. The Los Angeles chapter engaged Board Member Connect to recruit three board members who could donate or raise at least $7,200 per year and open doors to other funding opportunities.

What They Needed
The L.A. chapter wanted to break into the entertainment industry so prevalent in Southern California. None of their current board members had ties with high-level executives and they found it difficult to gain any traction on their own. They were also looking for a CEO or Chairman of a company who was the decision maker and possessed a deep network to tap into. Their final request was someone who had prior nonprofit board experience, but was also a higher-level executive within a larger company.

What We Accomplished For Them
Board Member Connect conducted a thorough assessment of the organization to intimately understand their mission, programs, vision and strategic direction as well as board needs, time commitment expected of board members, financial requirements, et al. Our staff then identified over 40 candidates who possessed the qualities our client requested, had an interest in serving on a nonprofit board and were attracted to the opportunity. The field was narrowed down to fifteen professionals and interviews were held with each. Of those, six were selected to move on and begin the organization’s board admission process.

The Result
Board Member Connect was able to place on their board an Executive Vice President from Universal Pictures, a Founder and CEO of two separate tech companies, and an executive from a large national company who had prior nonprofit board experience.

Follow up
After the first board meeting, one new member we placed handed the Executive Director a check for $5,000 because he was so taken with the organization and its programs. Another new board member we placed raised over $15,000 within four months of joining. Our results were so successful that two other chapters – Chicago and Austin engaged us and we were able to place three new executives on each of their boards.