Board Opportunities
If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed, please contact Åsa Fanelli at [email protected]

OUR NEWEST BOARD OPENINGS:

Founded in 1999, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Inc. is a nationally and internationally acclaimed, award-winning vocal ensemble with a commitment to vivid live performances through the study of original source materials and historical performance practices. The organization has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialties in 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early 16th-century English sacred music, and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices.  Blue Heron’s first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007. Between 2010 and 2017 the ensemble issued a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, including many world premiere recordings of works copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral and restored by Nick Sandon; the fifth CD was awarded the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music and the five discs are now available as a set entitled The Lost Music of Canterbury. In 2015 Professor Jessie Ann Owens and Blue Heron won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society to support the world premiere recording of Cipriano de Rore’s I madrigali a cinque voci, released in 2019. In 2015 Blue Heron also embarked on [email protected], a multi-season project to perform the complete works of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497), which will wind up around 2021 in time to commemorate the composer’s circa-600th birthday. A parallel project to record all of Ockeghem’s songs and motets bore its first fruits in 2019 with the release of Johannes Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Volume I, which was named to the Bestenliste (Quarterly Critics’ Choice) of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (“German Record Critics’ Award). Blue Heron’s recordings also include a CD of plainchant and polyphony that accompanies Thomas Forrest Kelly’s book Capturing Music: The Story of Notation and the live recording Christmas in Medieval England, and a compilation of medieval song entitled A 14th-Century Salmagundi was released in September 2020. The organization has just completed its triennial startegic plan and are looking for 3 new board members. The specific needs are: early- to mid-career professionals from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have interest in music and performing arts; high-net worth individuals who are committed to supporting music (knowledge of early music is desired but not mandatory); and those with deep knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management. (8/28/2020)

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (“BGSP”) is seeking a Chair of their Institutional Development Committee. BGSP is a highly engaged community and is deeply committed to furthering humanity’s understanding of the unconscious forces that drive us, helping individuals lead more fulfilling lives, and addressing the societal and cultural challenges we continue to face. The school’s individualized approach to learning helps students uniquely shape their professional lives, producing clinical mental health counselors, scholars, and psychoanalysts who are able and confident in their abilities to remove impediments to the lasting growth of which virtually all people are capable.  Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications: Leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector; Professional and/or volunteer experience with a variety of fund-raising initiatives including but not limited to capital campaigns and annual solicitations; Experience developing a fund-raising strategy and hands-on execution of the fund-raising plan; An understanding of, and connection to the Boston philanthropic community; Experience commensurate with leading the Institutional Advancement Committee; Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals; Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of BGSP’s beneficiaries. (7/30/20)

Bridgewell, a large nonprofit ($79M budget) located in Peabody, MA, is seeking two new board members. The organization strengthens communities by providing an unmatched range of social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives. Bridgewell takes a person-centered approach in its delivery of services. The organization delivers support to over 6000 people every year through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services, education and employment training throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is committed to helping people in need, from those with autism to people with substance use disorders, become engaged members of their communities. Bridgewell is also the industry leader in developing innovative offerings in response to unmet or emerging needs. Board members with expertise in Healthcare Administration, State Government, Elder Services, Development, Legal, Real Estate and Technology are welcome to apply. (8/28/2020)   

The Chica Project (CP) seeks a mission-driven, passionate and enthusiastic Board Chair who will lead the organization through its next growth phase. The mission of the organization is to close the opportunity divide for Latinas and other Women of Color by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally. As the Board Chair you will provide leadership to CP as it transitions from a Founder Board Chair. The Board Chair will support and sustain the work of CP, and provide financial oversight, governance leadership and strategic fundraising support, while assuring the Board of Directors fulfill their responsibilities for the governance of the organization. This is a volunteer board position with an average of 5 to 10 hours a week depending on peak season. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the success of Chica Project’s beneficiaries and who has a track record of board leadership. The selected Board Chair will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. The Board Chair’s accomplishments will allow CP to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications: Experience and or knowledge with positive-youth development related field; Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector; Demonstrated success as a nonprofit board member or board chair; Track record of building credibility in the funding community that has resulted in major gifts to a nonprofit; A commitment to and understanding of CP’s beneficiaries and mission preferably based on experience; Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships; Facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals; Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with natural affinity for public speaking; Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of CP’s beneficiaries; Bi-lingual in Spanish is preferable but not a must. A more detailed Board Chair Description will be provided to interested candidates. (7/30/20)|

INVICTUS FOREVER, INC is a start-up non-profit organization that seeks to promote greater community integration of children and adults with special needs through development of innovative educational, vocational, recreational, social, and therapeutic programs. Invictus’ model will include a state-of-the-art Life Skills Development, a residential component, and a robust initiative around workforce development. Meaningful activities and social enterprises will cater to individuals with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities (including those with autism or intellectual & developmental disabilities), and to the interests of the broader community. By promoting a tolerant and respectful atmosphere that recognizes and nurtures each individual’s unique talents, we are able to create a safe, warm, and welcoming environment where individuals of all strengths and abilities can excel. We give individuals opportunities to make a positive impact in the community by guiding them on the path to becoming conscientious citizens who endeavor to make meaningful contributions. Currently, the scarcity of resources and dearth of opportunities for those with disabilities prevent individuals from reaching their fullest potential. This population faces limited opportunities for vocational training, recreational activities, peer modeling and interaction, community access, and life skills training in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Additionally, many individuals with disabilities live isolated lives, while parents and caregivers require much-needed respite. Programming will consist of scheduled classes and activities led by knowledgeable instructors who are trained to work with populations with special needs. The “Life Skills Development” program will offer classes in a variety of subject areas including performing arts, visual arts, sports, cooking, STEM, music therapy, and functional therapies. In addition, social enterprises, such as a café, gift shop, and florist shop, will provide adolescents and adults with vocational training opportunities in a real world, inclusive setting. Individuals will have the opportunity to work on their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and Individual Service Plan (ISP) goals, thus enhancing their general skill sets. In addition to scheduled programming, Invictus will host special events and socials where individuals can interact with their peers while participating in engaging and meaningful activities. Most programming will occur, although not exclusively, in the MetroWest region.In short, Invictus is forging new paths in promoting meaningful lives, full inclusiveness, and community engagement for individuals with disabilities. Invictus is seeking, in particular, new Board members with a background in finance, accounting, marketing/communications, construction, or fundraising/development. A direct connection to an individual with disabilities is not required. (5/13/2020)

PARENTS HELPING PARENTS (PHP) - Parenting may feel hard under the best of conditions. Parenting when you are isolated with few financial, educational, or social resources may feel impossible. PHP is a non-profit organization that offers free parent support services that are respectful of parents’ privacy and thus we are uniquely suited to support parents who are overwhelmed, isolated, or too embarrassed to ask for help. Our free, 24/7, anonymous hotline, known as the Parental Stress Line, allows help to be just a phone call away for anyone needing support as they care for children. PHP also manages weekly parent support groups based in the community as well as in prisons, early release houses, and sober houses. Our parent support services are both trauma-informed: parents are provided a safe, non-judgmental environment and empowering: parents are supported to develop their own solutions to the difficulties they face. PHP is currently looking for board members who have experience in Finance and would function as the Board’s Treasurer. The other areas are Fundraising and Marketing. The “ideal candidate” would be passionate about our mission to help support parents and be willing to make a time commitment. Other welcome talents would be in the areas of graphic design. (5/13/2020)

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and behavioral and public health needs across Massachusetts. With an emphasis on respect and affirming the dignity of the individual, we assist persons served to manage whatever aspect of their life is causing concern. BAMSI’s mission is to empower people and enrich their lives through compassionate support and diverse services, one individual, one family at a time. BAMSI’s Board of Directors is composed of community and business leaders dedicated to upholding BAMSI’s mission and values and maintaining BAMSI’s position as a human services leader. As a state certified minority nonprofit organization, BAMSI is committed to diversity and inclusion at every level and strives for excellence in all it does. BAMSI is seeking diverse and dynamic professionals who have a passion to serve the community and the ability to meaningfully contribute to BAMSI’s mission. BAMSI is currently most interested in recruiting board members with a background/expertise in building, engineering, fundraising, human resources, public education, or healthcare. (02/13/2020)

Courageous Sailing brings together youth from 8 – 18 using the activity of sailing to develop social emotional growth, provide progressive leadership learning, and combat summer learning loss with progressive STEM and environmental curriculum both on the pier and in the classroom.  Courageous provides Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programming. Sixty percent of our students are only able to attend our Summer Youth Program through scholarships, primarily funded by donations. 26% of Courageous’ Board members are women, and we are looking to increase that number by reaching out to members of The Boston Club. The board meets in Boston 8 evenings out of the year, taking the summer months off. Courageous has a fully-staffed leadership team, and a seasoned and solid executive director, so the work of the board is primarily networking. We are committed to making connections to encourage attendance at events, corporate donations, and individual philanthropy. While many of our board members have sailing experience, many of the newest board members do not; instead coming to Courageous out of admiration for the work the organization is doing in the lives of Boston’s youth at an incredibly high standard and with remarkable impact. Courageous Sailing was singled out by Boston After School and Beyond (BASB), a partner organization, as a leading summer learning program, particularly in the area of fostering critical thinking. Courageous is now a nationally recognized year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development. Courageous offers Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programs in sailing, environmental education, job skills development, and leadership training. (01/16/2020) 

Elizabeth Peabody House -- The mission of Elizabeth Peabody House (EPH) is to support families in our community in reaching their full potential through early childhood education, youth enrichment and development, and family services. EPH was established in 1896 as a settlement house in the West End of Boston and offered a kindergarten and community theater for disadvantaged children. The organization provides preschool programs, after school programs, summer camp and food pantry. EHP is seeking 3 board members when current board member terms end at the end of June 2020. The organization needs board members that can help the Executive Director implement a three year strategic plan. Potential board members interested in youth programs and education of young children and families are welcome to apply, especially candidates who are in the field of real estate, finance, project development, fundraising and a good ambassador of the agency’s goal for the future. Board members should like to network on behalf of the agency and be a creative and passionate person who can advocate for working families and children. (3/25/20)


Ibis Reproductive Health (www.ibisreproductivehealth.org)  nonprofit sexual and reproductive health research organization. Our mission is to drive change through bold, rigorous research and principled partnerships that advance sexual and reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. Ibis has 37 staff members located in three offices (Cambridge MA and Oakland CA, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa) and expand our impact by working with partner organizations in 32 countries, including the US. We focus on expanding access to safe abortion care, contraception, and sexual and reproductive health information and services.  Two of our key current projects are making an oral contraceptive pill available over-the-counter in the US and establishing abortion service quality measures that can be used internationally. Our budget of about $7 million is largely funded through grants from private foundations. Ibis is financially stable and has recently experienced significant growth in funding and staff.  Ibis seeks a Board member with financial expertise, interest in or experience with non-profit organizations, and a commitment to our mission. Our Board of about twelve includes leading US researchers in the field of sexual and reproductive health, as well as public health professionals from the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Many Board members have significant budget management responsibilities in their professional roles, and one current member has had a career in the financial services industry. We are seeking to expand the depth of financial expertise among Board members and build a pipeline of leadership for the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. The Board has two all-day meetings per year. Dinners held the night before meetings have built a sense of community and common purpose. One meeting per year is usually held in Cambridge and one in either New York or Washington D.C. Ibis reimburses Board members for their travel costs. The Audit and Finance committee has an approximately 1-hour meeting, by conference call, each quarter. These calls include the review of reports prepared by staff and an annual presentation by an independent auditor. We are excited to bring new perspectives and voices to the Ibis Reproductive Health Board.  (04/12/2019)

Kids in Tech, a small nonprofit in Lowell, is currently seeking 2-3 new board members from the following backgrounds: nonprofit fundraising consultant, CSR professional, VC/Investment professionals, HR/leadership development professionals. The organization values diverse perspectives from across the tech and education spheres while reflecting the Lowell community population and growing the collective capacity. Kids in Tech strives to excite, educate, and empower children to acquire skills and confidence in technology through interactive after school programs. Our programs focus on helping kids develop the necessary tech skills and aptitudes to participate in and be future leaders of the 21st-century innovation economy. Kids in Tech was founded in 2016 in Lowell, Massachusetts to prepare disadvantaged kids with interactive, free after school programs in computers and technology. By 2024, 80% of the top 10 most in-demand STEM jobs in the Greater Lowell area will be in technology – and, these are the some of the top most desired skills for many growing industries across the country. In the past three years, Kids in Tech has offered programs at four different sites serving low-income kids in the Lowell area. Contact [email protected] (03/12/2020)

OUT MetroWest began holding youth programs in 2011 under the name WAGLY (West Suburban Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth) and became an independent nonprofit organization as OUT MetroWest in 2014. The only program of its kind between Boston and Worcester, WAGLY immediately drew dozens of area youth to its weekly social, educational and supportive meetings. In 2012, the organization’s second program launched. Umbrella,a twice-monthly program specifically for transgender and gender non-conforming high schoolers, was created in response to community and participant requests. In 2015, OUT MetroWest launched the state’s first program for LGBTQ+ and allied middle schoolers, Nexus. In 2016, OUT MetroWest began offering occasional events for LGBTQ+ families. In 2017, the organization began offering weekly drop-in sessions for LGBTQ+ middle and high school students. Between WAGLY, Umbrella, Nexus, and drop-in sessions, OUT MetroWest currently runs more than a dozen youth meetings per month out of locations in Framingham, Newton, and Wellesley, all at no cost to participants. LGBTQ+ adults facilitate the programs (with assistance from youth peer leaders at WAGLY). Meetings include a wide range of activities, from those that are purely social to those that address significant and serious topics such as suicide prevention, post-high school planning and “coming out”. Since 2011, OUT MetroWest has directly served more than 1,000 youth at its meetings, has conducted dozens of trainings for local schools and organizations, and has welcomed more than 200 guests at its events for LGBTQ+ families. OUT MetroWest also collaborates with other organizations to ensure the availability of family support groups, mental health resources, and HIV/sexual health testing. The organization is seeking individuals who care about the LGBTQ+ community and youth. This person may have a background in nonprofit management, fundraising, social justice, adolescent development or youth services or may work in a for-profit organization and have financial, HR management or legal services experience. The ideal candidate would be someone who brings diverse perspectives, professional skills and strong ethics. (01/02/2020)

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. (11/08/2018)

Science Club for Girls (www.scienceclubforgirls.org) SCFG fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics. Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided the very best in girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment. Our club-based model fosters both scientific thinking and sisterhood for our youngest participants.  Our teen leadership programs give girls the opportunity to be role models, teach young children science, learn life skills, conduct science research in applied settings, and explore careers in science and technology. No prior experience required. (03/05/2019)

Silver Lining Mentoring (www.silverliningmentoring.org)  Founded in 2001, Silver Lining empowers foster youth in Greater Boston to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. They provide long term one-to-one mentoring and life skills development for young people who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteer mentors are often the only adults in our youth’s lives who are not paid to spend time with them. Silver Lining Mentoring is the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts that exclusively serves youth in foster care. We serve youth ages 7 and older through Mentors, our one-to-one mentoring program, and through Leaders, our life-skills program for young people ages 14 and older who are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system. No prior board experience required. (04/11/2019)

Young Audiences of Massachusetts
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www.yamass.org)  The mission of Young Audiences of Massachusetts is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts. They believe that every child, regardless of background, talents or special needs, deserves access to the rich educational opportunities inherent to arts learning.  This past year, they reached more than 130,000 students in 160 communities.   They seek out master performing and teaching artists in dance, music, storytelling, literary arts, theater, puppetry, visual arts and design.  They then vet, evaluate and support their programs, and partner with schools, education sites and healing centers to facilitate learning through the arts. Their  work also includes training for teachers and teaching artists, and community advocacy for arts education.  The result is the delivery of unique arts programming that meets the highest standards of artistic quality that is also age and state curriculum appropriate for the young audiences we serve.  Over time, programming has moved beyond school day assemblies to include year-long residences in underserved neighborhood schools, an early childhood literacy through music program at homeless shelters and an award winning healing arts program.  They are also a member of our National Young Audiences, Arts For Learning network, https://www.youngaudiences.org/, which consists of 30 affiliates nationwide, making it the largest arts education network in the country. No prior board experience required.  (05/09/2019)

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed, please contact Åsa Fanelli at 
[email protected]

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