Board Opportunities

OUR NEWEST BOARD OPENINGS:

Raising a Reader, MA (RAR-MA) is an evidence-based, early literacy and family engagement organization that supports parents with young children (birth through age 6) to build a literacy-rich home environment that fosters language, reading, and school readiness skills. Through targeted community partnerships, parental outreach and training, and a weekly book-sharing program, the organization's objectives are to 1) increase low-income children’s access to books, 2) encourage families to create a regular routine of sharing books, and 3) teach parents to read aloud with interactive strategies that build vocabulary and other early literacy skills. These efforts help families develop a daily routine of reading aloud and teach dialogic reading, a specific type of interactive book sharing. The vision is to empower all parents and caregivers as agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. RAR-MA’s work, which simultaneously increases access to books and provides families with tools for strengthening the culture of reading at home, is driven by more than 30 years of research that correlates high rates of family book sharing with kindergarten readiness. RAR-MA serves Boston and 10 Gateway (high need) Communities in Massachusetts, reaching over 10,000 families annually. Raising A Reader MA is a small organization and relies on board members to share their opinions, network, ideas, and expertise to help spread the mission as an early literacy nonprofit. A passion for books and a shared love of empowering young minds is a plus and networking and fundraising skills are appreciated. RAR-MA is currently searching for 2 new board members. Board members are asked for an annual financial support of $5000 (give or get). The organization is also recruiting a few advisory members (non-board) for their program committee, specifically with education and research backgrounds to help steward the mission and shape their evaluation strategy. Contact Åsa Fanelli [email protected] (11/08/2018)

RIA House (www.riahouse.org) RIA House, Inc. – Ready.Inspire.Act is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Framingham, MA with an ancillary office in downtown Worcester, supporting and standing with adult women with experience in the commercial sex trade & associated trafficking. No prior experience required.  Interested candidates should contact Heather Wightman at [email protected]. (10/25/2018)

World Music/CRASHarts (www.worldmusic.org) Since its launch in 1990, World Music/CRASHarts mission has been to present the finest traditional and contemporary performing arts from around the world to the broadest possible audience, and to engage individuals in their community and civic life through related artist based educational programs. World Music/CRASHarts strives to create one-of-a-kind experiences brought about by the interaction of artists and audiences. Performing arts is embraced as a basic form of communication and an essential part of the expression of one’s humanity and full participation in society. It is World Music/CRASHarts vision for World Music/CRASHarts to bring the transformative power of the arts to a truly diverse audience. They believe artistic experience is enriched when it gives people of all cultures the opportunity to have an effect on one another through the freedom of self-expression and the exchange of ideas. Recognized as New England’s premier presenter of global music and dance, World Music/CRASHarts presents over 60 concerts each year in various venues throughout greater Boston, and reaches a diverse audience of 45,000+ annually. Artists represent cultures from the far and near corners of the globe offering bold and adventurous programming in world music and dance, contemporary dance, jazz, and global indie. Each season educational programs and special engagement activities are offered in conjunction with performances featuring the artists we present. For 27 years, World Music/CRASHarts has answered a need for cultural programming that reflects today’s global community, and provides a platform for artists to share their creative endeavors. The organization has an annual budget of $2.5M. Interested candidate should contact [email protected](10/25/2018)

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Inc.  (A&BC) (http://www.artsandbusinesscouncil.org) A&BC, founded over 30 years ago, strengthens Greater Boston’s creative economy by providing artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural organizations the resources they need to thrive. Our uniquely holistic platform of programs responds to the needs of the creative workforce and a dynamic cultural ecosystem. We provide a wide range of services including legal assistance, fiscal sponsorship, insurance, microfinance and programs directly relating to the artistic endeavor. We have graduated over 300 business executives from our board service training program and brought thousands of dollars worth of local art into corporations. Each year in June, our Martinis & Masterpieces brings together the arts and business communities of Boston to celebrate our vibrant creative economy. A&BC is establishing the Leadership Council, a non-fiduciary board focused on ensuring the long-term sustainability of A&BC. We seek 20-25 founding members and the successful candidates will share a passion for supporting the arts to cultivate a vibrant creative ecology in Boston. The candidates do not need to have prior nonprofit experience. For more information, contact: [email protected]

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSM) provides children who lack positive adult role models with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with caring, responsible adults that change their lives for the better, forever.  BBBSM inspires, engages and transforms the communities of Mass Bay by helping youth achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities.  For more than 60 years, BBBSM has worked to ensure that every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life by making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 7 through high school graduation. BBBSM currently serves over 2,000 children; approximately half live in the City of Boston, the majority being minorities, predominantly Black/African American and Hispanic and living in poverty.  BBBSM develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.  BBBSM is seeking candidates for the Board who are accomplished professionally and will serve with integrity, passion for our mission and are a good cultural fit with our board.  The candidate will be a high-impact influencer with an attractive network, a strategic thinker, and be an experienced nonprofit human service board leader/member.  She will be engaged in resource generation through her personal generosity and philanthropy and her willingness to access and leverage her network and will have experience with fundraising and soliciting.  She will demonstrate baseline proficiency in the following functional areas core to fulfilling the board’s fiduciary role: youth development, finance, and legal.  Questions or interest?  Contact [email protected]

The Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center, Inc (www.bluehill.org ): Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, located at the top of a scenic mountain range south of Boston, is a unique American institution. Founded in 1885 by Abbott Lawrence Rotch as a private scientific center for the study and measurement of the atmosphere, it was the site of many pioneering weather experiments and discoveries. The earliest kite soundings of the atmosphere in North America in the 1890s and the development of the radiosonde in the 1930s occurred at this historic site. Today, the Observatory is a National Historic Landmark and remains committed to continuing its extensive, uninterrupted climate record with traditional methods and instruments. The recently established Science Center expands this mission by enhancing public understanding of atmospheric science. An extensive renovation of the facility was completed in 1999, and that spring the nonprofit Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center was established to expand the mission of the Observatory to focus on increasing public understanding of, and appreciation of atmospheric science. In 2002, the Observatory was recognized by the AMS with its Award for Outstanding Services to Meteorology by a Corporation for its historic climate record and its many contributions to weather research and education. Today, the Observatory, its staff and many volunteers remain committed to its mission “to foster public understanding and appreciation for atmospheric science, while continuing to maintain a meticulous record of weather observations and long-term study of climate” serving approx. 6000 students per year. Annual budget of $350,000. They are looking for board members with business experience, who can participate and offer advice on fundraising. No prior experience necessary.  Interested candidates should contact Bud Comstock, Board Chair at [email protected]. (09/18/2018)

Boston Debate League 
(www.bostondebate.org) The Boston Debate League brings together an active community of students, teachers, administrators, and community leaders devoted to improving the education and life skills of youth in Boston. The mission is to integrate argumentation and competitive debate into Boston Public Schools to develop critical thinkers ready for college, career, and engagement with the world around them. They serve over 4000 people, with over 800 volunteers, a staff of 17 and an annual budget of $2M. Prior board experience is not needed.  All board members are expected to serve on a committee. They are looking to expand their board and bring in new talent from diverse backgrounds. They are looking for members in the finance industry, wealth management, marketing/PR, healthcare, start-up and tech industry. They expect an annual give/get of $10K. For more information, contact Alicia Adamson at [email protected]

Chorus pro Musica (www.choruspromusica.orgChorus pro Musica has built a superb reputation as one of the great choruses of New England. Known for innovative programming and high-quality performances, Chorus pro Musica has collaborated with such famed organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Ballet, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, the chorus has sung at Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The chorus consists of more than 80 highly talented musicians selected by audition. Repertoire consists of choral music from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on new and rarely performed choral music, as well as major works in collaboration with other music organizations. The Chorus was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standards and innovative programming. The chorus has twice received Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. Chorus pro Musica's dedication to new and rarely performed choral music has resulted in numerous Boston premieres, several American premieres, and at least two world premieres; the Poulenc Gloria and the Britten War Requiem. Prior board service not required. Interested candidate should contact [email protected]

Cultured Kids (www.culturedkids.org) Cultured Kids mission is to design and create multicultural curricula that model and teach cultural empathy, respect, and understanding. These are the characteristics that will yield remarkable professional, social, and personal success in the next generation of world leaders and global citizens. There three main focus areas: a project based learning program for middle/high school students called Kids Fund Kids, multicultural education programs for pre-school/primary school age children, and uniquely designed programs that will support cross cultural kids (children of immigrants/refugees, international adoptees, Third Culture Kids, etc). The target population primarily includes local schools, but they also serve local community centers, libraries, etc. The organization is based in the Boston area but they do intend on future expansion nationally and globally. Their Kids Fund Kids program is currently in an initial pilot program with a teacher in Michigan and once completed, assessed, and defined will be launched nationally. Annual budget is $20K. Prior board service is not required.  Interested candidates should contact [email protected]

FriendshipWorks - The mission of FriendshipWorks focuses on reducing social isolation and loneliness, enhancing quality of life, and preserving the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston (with an emphasis on Boston and Brookline). Their mission is accomplished by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance and emotional support. Volunteers extend themselves 52 weeks a year by offering the warmth and comfort that only a caring friend can provide, while simultaneously helping to maintain the independence that is so crucial to healthy aging. These volunteers work with more than 1000 older adults in our geographic area in a variety of innovative programs designed to meet the range of needs of those served. FriendshipWorks has doubled in size and budget in the last few years and is looking for board members who can broaden its base and assure its continued growth, both financially and programatically. Currently it has a $1.3M budget. In addition to having a dedication and commitment to the mission, they are especially seeking candidates who can enhance their knowledge and skills in finance or accounting and marketing. They are also interested in people who are involved in the Spanish-speaking community in Boston or those who have a particular interest in Boston or Brookline neighborhoods. While those are priorities, they are definitely open to candidates interested in serving with energy and enthusiasm, and Board members who will be “Ambassadors” for FriendshipWorks in their daily lives. No prior board service required. Please contact [email protected] , if you are interested.

Interise
(www.interise.org ):The mission of Interise is to promote the economic revitalization of lower-wealth communities through business growth, job creation, and community leadership development.  Interise targets established growth-orientated business owners who have been in business at least 3 years, have at least 2 employees, and annual revenues of $300,000.  In addition to working in Massachusetts, Interise works through a national network of partners in 46 states and two U.S. territories.  Interise has grown over 6,000 small businesses in 91 communities across 76 cities.  Since 2008, they have secured over $3 Billion in contracts, supporting the retention or creation of 63,000 jobs.  78% of these businesses are either located in a low-income community and have a minority or woman owner. Prior board service is not required. Interested candidates should contact [email protected]

LEAP for Education, Inc. (http://www.leap4ed.org ) empowers low-income and first generation youth and young adults, ages 11 through 24, to achieve at higher levels in middle school and high school and go on to graduate from college prepared for a career that matches their strengths.  LEAP is an acronym for Learn Explore Aspire and Pursue. LEAP for Education’s youth programs have been providing students with academic and social-emotional support since 2003 and have served over 1,000 youth.  LEAP currently has 400 students in its various programs in Salem, Peabody and Gloucester.   Students who spend at least 2 years with LEAP and enroll in our College Success Program have 100% high school completion and 100% college enrollment rate. Of our students that go on to college, we have an 85% achievement rate of a post-secondary credential.  One of the goals of our organization is to continue to grow the student enrollment and to expand services into other gateway cities north of Boston.  LEAP for Education is seeking to add new board members who will serve three-year terms with up to three renewals.  The “ideal candidate” will have experience in governance and finance.  As the board grows, we will also need expertise in development, marketing and education.  Prior nonprofit board service is not required.  This is an ideal opportunity for TBC members based on the North Shore. If you are interested, please contact Linda Saris at [email protected] or 978-740-6667 x109

New England Philharmonic (NEP) at www.nephilharmonic.org  was founded 38 years ago. NEP has the mission to perform the music of living composers in concert with the traditional repertoire.  The orchestra performs 4 concerts each season, which are recognized by music critics for their high quality and for the distinctive and interesting programming by Music Director, Richard Pittman. In addition to the performances, the orchestra is unique among orchestras our size in supporting new music by sponsoring a Call for Scores Competition, a Young Artists Competition, and a Composer-In-Residence.  NEP is seeking to expand its reach and audience. In order to achieve it’s potential, NEP needs to grow the board by 4-5 new members to help with marketing, outreach to the community and fundraising. The Music Director manages the music side of the orchestra (programming, rehearsals, arranging for soloists, selection of Call for Scores winner and Young Artists Competition winner, etc.). The board manages the business side.  We are therefore looking for people with sound business judgment. While we are not looking for any specific talents, experience in areas such as financial reporting, marketing, promotion, event planning, fundraising, and law/governance would be very helpful to our efforts. No prior board experience is necessary to join this dynamic organization. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Beverly Brown, [email protected]

OPERATION A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston
(http://www.operationable.net ) Founded in 1982, Operation A.B.L.E  (Ability Based on Long Experience) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide employment and training services to economically, racially, and occupationally diverse individuals age 45 and older. In addition to serving Greater Boston, Operation A.B.L.E. also serves mature workers in the following counties: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester. Operation A.B.L.E. is looking to add one board member for a three year term with up to three renewals. The ideal candidate will be a champion of the mature worker and understand the barriers/challenges that mature workers encounter. Operation A.B.L.E. is looking for candidates with expertise/skills that will be useful to the organization such as human resources, public relations, marketing, technology, politics, financial or legal. Prior nonprofit board service is not required. QUESTIONS OR INTEREST: Lina Gallotto at [email protected]


RIA House (Raising a Reader, MA (RAR-MA) is an evidence-based, early literacy and family engagement organization that supports parents with young children (birth through age 6) to build a literacy-rich home environment that fosters language, reading, and school readiness skills. Through targeted community partnerships, parental outreach and training, and a weekly book-sharing program, the organization's objectives are to 1) increase low-income children’s access to books, 2) encourage families to create a regular routine of sharing books, and 3) teach parents to read aloud with interactive strategies that build vocabulary and other early literacy skills. These efforts help families develop a daily routine of reading aloud and teach dialogic reading, a specific type of interactive book sharing. The vision is to empower all parents and caregivers as agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. RAR-MA’s work, which simultaneously increases access to books and provides families with tools for strengthening the culture of reading at home, is driven by more than 30 years of research that correlates high rates of family book sharing with kindergarten readiness. RAR-MA serves Boston and 10 Gateway (high need) Communities in Massachusetts, reaching over 10,000 families annually. Raising A Reader MA is a small organization and relies on board members to share their opinions, network, ideas, and expertise to help spread the mission as an early literacy nonprofit. A passion for books and a shared love of empowering young minds is a plus and networking and fundraising skills are appreciated. RAR-MA is currently searching for 2 new board members. Board members are asked for an annual financial support of $5000 (give or get). The organization is also recruiting a few advisory members (non-board) for their program committee, specifically with education and research backgrounds to help steward the mission and shape their evaluation strategy. Contact Åsa Fanelli [email protected] (11/08/2018)www.riahouse.org) RIA House, Inc. – Ready.Inspire.Act is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Framingham, MA with an ancillary office in downtown Worcester, supporting and standing with adult women with experience in the commercial sex trade & associated trafficking. No prior experience required.  Interested candidates should contact Heather Wightman at [email protected] (10/25/2018)

Solstice (www.solstice.us): Solar is booming, and the technology is cheaper than ever. Yet 80 percent of American households are locked out of the market. This exclusion has a disproportionate impact on low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, who pay a greater portion of their income for energy, but who are currently the least likely to benefit from clean energy. Community solar enables households to subscribe to a shared solar farm in their area and save money on their utility bill, without any extra costs or changes to their property—opening access to renters, LMI households, and other communities that are left out of rooftop solar. Solstice brings scalable solutions to bear on persistent inclusion issues in three key areas, democratizing solar access and accelerating the transition to clean energy. Prior board service is not required. Interested candidates should contact [email protected]

Susan G Komen New England
(http://komennewengland.org) is looking for passionate board members with community health, finance and/or philanthropic experience. The mission of the organization is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in the communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Experts estimate that as many as one-third of women dying of breast cancer today could be saved without a single new medical breakthrough. That’s why Susan G Komen takes a two-pronged approach: first, ensuring that all people have access to, and receive, timely, high-quality breast cancer care. And second, funding the research that will drive new treatments, and ultimately, the cures. Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided nearly $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychological support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Susan G. Komen New England is a recent merger between the former southern New England and Vermont-New Hampshite affiliates, serving CT, MA, NH, RI and VT, and is therefore looking to expand the board. Please contact Asa Fanelli for more information.

Teaching and Learning Alliance (TLA)
(www.teachinglearningalliance.org): TLA’s mission is to ensure that all children, irrespective of background, receive the educational preparation necessary to become successful, thoughtful and engaged citizens. This mission is accomplished by forging enduring partnerships with PreK-12 school districts where we co-construct and deliver fully-customized, research-based professional development for teachers, administrators, and school-based coaches. TLA works with schools to co-create fully-customized professional development in defined areas. TLA believes in differentiated instruction for students, so professional development services must be differentiated as well. TLA Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, informed, forward thinking, strategic planning and guidance and fiscal management as well as by making sure the nonprofit organization has adequate resources to advance its mission. No prior board service required.  Interested candidates should contact JoAnn Cavallaro at [email protected]

Victim Rights Law Center (www.victimrights.org) - The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) was established in 2000 as a project of a rape crisis center to fill a critical void in services for sexual assault victims who needed a free attorney to help them stay safely in their schools, jobs, homes, and the country. The VRLC became a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of sexual assault survivors.  It has offices in Massachusetts and Oregon. The VRLC’s mission is to provide free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. The target population is sexual assault victims with legal needs related to the assault. VRLC prioritizes legal services to vulnerable populations such as children, college students, LGTBQ individuals, people of color, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, and people Limited English Proficiency. More than half of their clients are sexual assault victims under the age of 24. The VRLC also trains pro bono attorneys and other professionals to improve the response to sexual violence. VRLC has trained in every state and U.S. Territory. The organization has an annual budget of about $2.4M. No prior board service requested.  Interested candidates should contact Stacy Malone at [email protected]

World Music/CRASHarts (www.worldmusic.org) Since its launch in 1990, World Music/CRASHarts mission has been to present the finest traditional and contemporary performing arts from around the world to the broadest possible audience, and to engage individuals in their community and civic life through related artist based educational programs. World Music/CRASHarts strives to create one-of-a-kind experiences brought about by the interaction of artists and audiences. Performing arts is embraced as a basic form of communication and an essential part of the expression of one’s humanity and full participation in society. It is World Music/CRASHarts vision for World Music/CRASHarts to bring the transformative power of the arts to a truly diverse audience. They believe artistic experience is enriched when it gives people of all cultures the opportunity to have an effect on one another through the freedom of self-expression and the exchange of ideas. Recognized as New England’s premier presenter of global music and dance, World Music/CRASHarts presents over 60 concerts each year in various venues throughout greater Boston, and reaches a diverse audience of 45,000+ annually. Artists represent cultures from the far and near corners of the globe offering bold and adventurous programming in world music and dance, contemporary dance, jazz, and global indie. Each season educational programs and special engagement activities are offered in conjunction with performances featuring the artists we present. For 27 years, World Music/CRASHarts has answered a need for cultural programming that reflects today’s global community, and provides a platform for artists to share their creative endeavors. The organization has an annual budget of $2.5M. Interested candidate should contact [email protected](10/25/2018)
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