Board Opportunities

All Newton Music School's mission is simple – music for all! For over 100 years, the All Newton Music School has served Newton and the Greater Boston area as a valuable cultural resource for all persons interested in lessons, classes and concerts. ANMS provides quality musical instruction on all musical instruments and classes in appreciation, education, musical theatre, and more, for young children through adults. Alumni include orchestral musicians, soloists and chamber players as well as life-long music advocates. Paulette Bowes, clarinetist, became Director in the spring of 1986 after four years as Associate Director. The new courses she has established for young people and adults encourage all aspects of musical education from active listening and appreciation to group and individual instruction. The vitality created by the Director and the fine faculty of the School has been enhanced over the years by a tradition of support both from distinguished musicians and from active citizens who participate on the School’s Board of Trustees and Corporation. Size: $1.5M Location: Newton MA Website: http://www.allnewtonmusicschool.com Is Prior Board Service Required: No Skills/Experience Sought: Professional skills in law, nonprofit development, strategic planning, communications, accounting and finance. Board Expectation Summary: Board meets monthly in West Newton. Meetings are 1-1.5 hours on average and about 2 hours of monthly preparatory work is required. Committee work is required and there is a financial commitment expected but the amount is not dictated. Board terms are 3 years and are renewable for up to 2 additional terms. Who to contact: Jennifer Stone, member of the Nominating Committee, via email at jenniferastone1@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 527-5921.

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: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

ArtsBoston (www.ArtsBoston.org)  is Greater Boston’s largest arts service organization, with a mission to support and grow the arts and cultural sector of the region. Founded in 1975 to catalyze collective action, ArtsBoston’s programs and services impact 175 arts member groups as well as hundreds of other arts and culture organizations and 750,000 arts consumers each year. ArtsBoston’s membership spans the entire arts ecosystem, from big budget, high-profile institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to mid-sized regional treasures like American Repertory Theater and the Huntington Theatre Company, to smaller, innovative groups like Company One. They help art centers and museums, galleries and dance companies, choruses and chamber music ensembles…any organization that wants to share its artistic vision with a diverse and receptive audience. They open doors to new audiences and new arts experiences. ArtsBoston has twice received the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest honor in the arts, in recognition of its impact and leadership in helping organizations grow their audiences and make deeper connections to their communities.  Prior board experience is not required.  Interested candidates should contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

ARTMORPHEUS, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that empowers artists and creative entrepreneurs to develop, flourish and innovate. ARTMORPHUES connects the creative sector to a wide range of sustaining resources, providing strategies for growth, and tools for public engagement. By supporting the creative sector, ARTMORPHUES strives to strengthen local economies and enhance community vibrancy. Since its founding in September, 2011, ARTRMORPHEUS has assisted more than 1000 artists and creative entrepreneurs from 73 zip codes with recordkeeping, legal issues, permitting issues, promotion, funding and business development and more. ARTMORPHEUS works collaboratively with local, regional and national organizations to connect creative people to the specialized support their unique projects require. In 2012, ARTMORPHEUS co-founded New Art Love, a social enterprise that leverages technology to unify art and culture communities and helps people discover art they love, experience it in person, share it with their community, and re-connect conveniently. Size: $180K Location: Boston, MA Website: www.artmorpheus.org Skills/Experience Sought:  board members with business experience and expertise in marketing and communications; fundraising; event planning; business development  Board Expectation Summary: ARTMORPHEUS is seeking 2-3 new board members. Board terms are 2 years (currently no term limits). Meetings are held monthly in Boston and last 1.5-2 hours on average. Preparation time is estimated at 8-12 hours/month. All board members are expected to serve on at least one Committee. ARTMORPHUES expects board members to commit to annual support at a level meaningful to them with a stretch through direct donations and through helping the organization connect with additional resources. Board members will meet with the Executive Director each year to set personal fundraising goals. Prior Board Service Required: No Who to contact: Sheryl Howard (current Board member and Officer) by email at Sheryl.howard@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 699-5447 (cell) or (617) 259-3225

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS) (www.bfccps.org) is a regional public charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8, located in Franklin, MA.  Among the first charter schools in the Commonwealth, BFCCPS opened its doors in September 1995 with 150 students in grades kindergarten through four. Each year, a grade was added until full capacity of 450 students was reached, spanning grades K-8.  In March 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) voted unanimously to approve the BFCCPS Charter Amendment which included two expansion requests: becoming a regional charter school and to increase our student body to 900 over a period of time. This is a wonderful time to be a part of BFCCPS as the school’s expansion, including a new facility, will set the course of our institution for decades to come. The 2016-2017 annual budget is approximately $5.2 million.  The mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service.  This mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected, pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students.  These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does. The BFCCPS Board of Trustees is expanding from 10 to 12 members for the 2017-2018 school year.  Preferred candidates should reside in the school’s region: Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Upton, Walpole or Wrentham. Questions or interest?  Contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

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: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

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 $2.7M. 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. Questions or interest?  Contact: Åsa Fanelli at asa@idealiftgroup.com

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (http://www.bgsp.edu ) (BGSP) is the only accredited, independent graduate school of psychoanalysis in the country. It opened its doors to psychoanalysis over 40 years ago and seeks to increase access to psychoanalytic training, education, and treatment. Its mission is to provide high quality psychoanalytic education, clinical training, and research skills to a diverse student community. Enrolling people from all walks of life to explore the human unconscious, BGSP prepares graduates to apply their understanding of emotional and mental life to benefit individuals, groups, and society.  BGSP is seeking to add up to four new board members who will serve three-year terms with up to four renewals. The ideal candidate will be very interested in mental health and education, while possessing a strong business sense. She will be interested in development, marketing, and/or strategic planning. Prior nonprofit board service is not required. If you have questions or interest, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.


Boston Musica Viva  (www.bmv.org), founded in 1969 has the mission to foster and support the creation of new and innovative music, and to perform the music at an expert level for audiences here in New England and around the world. BMV has made ten European tours and three California tours and played numerous concerts in New York City, Washington, DC, and various cities in the Eastern US. In 46 years onstage, the ensemble has performed over 600 works by over 250 composers, including nearly 200 world premieres. It has made more than 20 commercial recordings. Its concerts have covered a broad spectrum of talent and creativity. Boston Musica Viva is the oldest contemporary music ensemble in the United States and is unmatched in the quality of its performances.  BMV is seeking Board members who are interested in music, preferably contemporary classical music, organizational skills appreciated, financial skills particularly useful.  Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Boston Women’s Fund (BWF) (http://www.BostonWomensFund.org ) supports community based organizations and grassroots initiatives run by women and girls in the Greater Boston area. We work with low income women, women of color, women with disabilities, elder women, LGBTQ community, immigrant women and girls. BWF raises money from a broad base of donors across economic backgrounds to provide grants and develop programs that strengthen the grassroots initiatives and leadership of women and girls.  As a result of recent turnover on the BWF Board, we wish to add 1-2 new members. The Board reviews candidates according to a matrix of skills, qualities needed and identifies priority candidate(s) to be interviewed. One or two Board members will interview candidates and propose election to the Board if there is agreement to move forward.  Ideal candidates will have one or more of these skills: accounting, marketing and public relations, IT, social media, and prior Board/work experience in a social justice organization. All candidates should both understand and support the mission of BWF to help grassroots organizations led by women and girls seeking to make positive change in their communities.  Prior nonprofit board service is not required.  If you have questions or interest, contact Virginia Meany, vmeany1025@gmail.com  

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BGB) (http://www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org) prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model.  BGB has worked in Cambridge for 22 years, where we serve approximately 10% of students in the public schools.  We opened a new site in Dorchester in 2013 as part of an aggressive expansion to double the number of students and teachers served. BGB is continually looking for individuals with a few different profiles such as leadership skills for committee service, interest in growing into leadership positions on this board as well as those with financial  experience.  Prior board experience is not needed.  Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston (http://www.bridgerep.org) Bridge Rep, founded about 4 years ago, believes that live theater is not an end unto itself, but rather a means of connection. Bridge Rep connects actors to audiences, artists to artists, and the theatre to our city. Bridge Rep produces intimately staged productions rooted in top-notch acting, in both traditional and 
non-traditional spaces and curates a wide range of theatrical genres, including classic, contemporary, and brand-new 
works, all well as musicals. Bridge Rep cultivates cross-cultural and cross-generational audiences and creative teams and teach new skills and innovate every aspect of our industry while holding ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and learning from our mistakes. The Bridge Rep seeks to diversify the Board in terms of gender, and specifically hope to onboard members with significant philanthropic bandwidth and connections to help elevate the organization to a higher level of financial sustainability. Bridge Repertory Theater’s ideal Board Member has a passion for the arts, and a particular interest in supporting a startup nonprofit founded and helmed by a woman, and staffed exclusively by a diverse team of “arts-trepreneurs” all under the age of 35. If you believe in the power of what young, disciplined, creative people can do to impact their community -- we are your organization. Specifically, we are looking for individuals who can help us meet the financial and fundraising goals necessary to elevate our organization from its startup phase and into a sustainable nonprofit entity with staying power.  The successful candidates will serve up to three two-year terms. The candidates do not need to have prior nonprofit experience. For more information, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Bridgewell (www.bridgewell.org) offers a wide range of comprehensive services for people with disabilities and other life challenges. Bridgewell focuses on the abilities of individuals and approaches service delivery as a partnership, respecting the needs and desires of each individual. This person-centered approach allows them to support and respect the people they serve, as well as to foster their independence. Bridgewell’s continuum of care includes residential services, day habilitation, behavioral health services, employment training, transitional homeless services, affordable housing, and substance use and recovery services. Bridgewell has over 1,300 employees and services more than 6,250 individuals in Massachusetts. The mission of the organization is “Inspired by the values of caring and respect, together we guide individuals with disabilities and other challenges to achieve and enjoy their highest quality of life and personal growth.” Their vision is “To be the provider of choice for services to individuals with disabilities and other special needs, and to be trusted and recognized by all stakeholders for our leadership, innovation, professional expertise, quality of service, accountability and integrity.”  They offer the following services: affordable housing, autism services, substance abuse services, behavioral health, day services, employment training and education, homeless services, recreational services and residential services. Bridgewell has an annual budget of $72M and has been serving Eastern Massachusetts for over 59 years. Prior board service is not required.  Interested candidates should contact Asa Fanelli at asa@idealiftgroup.com.

Cambridge Art Association (www.cambridgeart.org) is a private organization with an annual budget of $237K. It is the mission of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) to build a vibrant community through visual art; connecting individuals and facilitating dialogue among artists and art lovers of all ages and backgrounds.  To accomplish this, CAA exhibits quality works of art and seeks to engage art enthusiasts and collectors. We are looking for people with skills in fundraising/development, marketing and legal (especially with regard to the arts and intellectual property.) Successful board members are passionate about the arts, work collaboratively and take initiative as needed. All board members are expected to participate on one committee. Prior nonprofit board service is not a requirement. If you have questions or interest, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Citizens for Juvenile Justice (www.cfjj.org). CfJJ advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, designed to promote the healthy development of children and youth so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in our communities. CfJJ is the only independent, nonprofit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. They advocate, convene, conduct research, and educate the public on important juvenile justice issues. They believe that both children in the system and public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children are different from adults and focuses primarily on their rehabilitation. If you have questions or interest, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

CLASS, Inc (http://www.classinc.org ) founded in 1976 has been supporting families whose children with disabilities are the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. CLASS was founded by a group of families who wanted to ensure that their children, regardless of their intellectual or developmental abilities, be provided the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, work and have rights like any other person. CLASS opened its doors with just six individuals, and has grown to support more than 400 families each year throughout its different services from 48 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts. We are headquartered in Lawrence, MA, with sites in North Andover, MA and Wilmington, MA.   CLASS recently underwent a strategic planning process and the board is seeking to add several new board members who will actively engaged in networking to bring new people/partnerships to the table, those who are willing to market the organization as well as participate in fundraising.  The ideal candidate has experience in higher education, especially on the senior administrator level; someone with a background in healthcare, again with senior administrator level experience; someone with a background in special education; a senior level person from a major local corporation, since we will be working closely with corporations in our CLASS Center for Autism; an individual with experience in the criminal justice system (judge or attorney); someone familiar with the venture capital world or a similar entrepreneurial background; lastly, someone who has strong connections to legislators. Who to contact: Christine Schneider at cschneider@mfa-cpa.com

Community Resources for Justice (www.crj.org) Community Resources for Justice believes that society gains when all people are given the support and tools they need to lead responsible, productive and dignified lives. For more than 130 years, some of society’s most challenged citizens have benefited from the programs and services they provide.  Their work is organized along three areas of practice: Social Justice Services transitions ex offenders back into mainstream society and diverts at-risk youth away from crime and toward a productive and fulfilling life; Community Strategies provides adults with intellectual disabilities a chance to grow and flourish in the community by offering residence in small group home settings; The Crime and Justice Institute provides research and consulting services which advance evidence-based practices that inform systems-level change. Around the nation, they are making neighborhoods safer and improving the quality of life for all through strong public policy development and legislation. Guided by excellence, creativity, and compassion, they support individual transitions, strengthen families and improve community safety. Prior board service not required. Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

The Discovery Museums'
(TDM) mission is to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry, and scientific investigation (www.discoverymuseums.org). The overarching goal is to “grow and deepen public programs, outreach efforts, and exhibits to appeal to a larger and more diverse audience that reflects the communities served.” TDM seeks to expand museum access without exclusion of any individual or group due to economic, developmental, or cultural consideration. TDM has developed programs that address more underserved groups than ever before, strategically deepening relationships with partner organizations to help understand the needs of the populations served. The goal is to make every child, parent, and caregiver feel welcome. TDM is growing.  In 2016, Discovery Woods opened, an inclusive and fully accessible nature playscape and treehouse designed to get families back outdoors and more deeply connected with the natural environment. This year, in 2017, TDM is renovating and doubling in size its largest building, bringing all  indoor exhibits under one roof, adding wonderful, new exhibits, and making significant improvements to the accessibility of the exhibits and campus. TDM serves all of Greater Boston, Eastern, and Central Massachusetts, more than 195,000 people in 2016, with seventy-five percent of visitors coming from 90 towns around the state. In the last year alone, the number of people utilizing the exhibits and programs has grown by 16%; capacity restrictions have led to a wait list 100 days a year. Access for all—including families facing financial, physical, or developmental challenges—is a key priority of our Board and staff, which we address through our Open Door Connections access program. No prior board service required.  Interested candidates should contact:  Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Engaging Schools  (http://engagingschools.org ) is a national non-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA.  We collaborate with educators as they create a schoolwide community of learning that integrates academic, social, and emotional development. Our strategic focus is middle and high school.  We provide professional learning and resources for instructional practice, classroom management, discipline and student support, postsecondary readiness, and advisory programs — all grounded in the values of equity, community, and democracy. The result: engaging schools where each and every student succeeds and makes positive contributions in school, work, and life.  Engaging Schools is seeking a board member who will serve as treasurer with the primary responsibility for overseeing the finances of the organization.   This includes playing a leading role in ensuring that Engaging Schools complies with all laws and requirements related to sound fiscal management, monitoring the financial operations and health of the organization, and reviewing the audit, financial reports, and the annual budget before they are presented to the board for approval.  Prior board experience is not needed though a strong financial background is.  Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Fidelity House Human Services (www.fidelityhhs.org) Fidelity House is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. They provide 20 community residences in Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, Georgetown and Andover, along with many specialized services across 68 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts. Their mission is to help children, teens and adults with disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome to live rich and meaningful lives. They are a private human services organization with an annual budget of $18M. They have a 45-year history of service to the community.  Prior board service is not required.  Please contact Lisa Don Francesco with questions or interest: ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Find the Cause Breast Cancer Foundation
 
funds scientific research identifying the environmental causes of breast cancer. The vision is to ultimately identify and prevent breast cancer caused by environmental agents, so treatment is no longer necessary Website: www.FindTheCausebcf.org Location: Framingham Size: $200,000 Skills/experience sought: The ideal candidate will have some affiliation with breast cancer either from the impact of a family member or close friend dealing with the disease or having been diagnosed themselves. Also, the candidate will have experience on boards of entrepreneurial foundations and have fund raising and/or networking skills. Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.
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 Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com, if you are interested.

Generation Citizen
 (GC) strengthens our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. GC exists in response to a democracy at risk; citizens are distrustful of politics and politically disengaged, and in turn, leaders make decisions that fail to reflect the voices of a diverse constituency. Building a better and more responsive democracy starts with young people, in our schools. GC partners college volunteers (“Democracy Coaches”) with 7th-12th grade teachers to lead an innovative in-school “action civics” course. Students identify and research a pressing local issue (e.g., gang violence, teen jobs) and make their voices heard by developing and executing an action plan. They learn to take political action by engaging in the political process. GC is a national organization spanning four cities. GC Greater Boston serves 30 different local schools, prioritizing public schools in which more than 50% of students receive free or reduced lunch. Size: $1.4M Location: Boston, MA Website: www.generationcitizen.org Skills/Experience Sought: Ideal candidates are passionate about GC's mission of enhancing civic engagement by empowering young people in schools. Candidates should be entrepreneurial and interested in supporting a young organization to newly grow, fundraise, and secure publicity in local networks. GC Board members should represent a diversity of backgrounds and sectors, and share an enthusiasm for GC's mission and a desire to bring new contacts and new capacity to the GC movement. Board Expectation Summary: Seeking up to 2 new Advisory Board Members. Advisory Board terms are two years (renewable up to four terms). Advisory Board meets quarterly (in the Boston Financial District) and meetings last on average two hours. Preparation time is estimated at 5 hours/monthly. Board members do not have any committee requirements. A financial gift is requested, however there is not any minimum amount. Who to contact: Gillian Pressman, Site Director, at (email) gpressman@generationcitizen.org or by phone at (914) 874-4973.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) (http://www.gsema.org) is the regional affiliate of the 100+ year old Girls Scouts of America.  GSEMA is 50,000 strong, with 35,000 girls and 15,000 volunteers in 178 communities across eastern Massachusetts.  Girl Scouts is the premier leadership program for girls, letting the girls determine how they will spend their time and the impact they can make in their community and the larger world. Girl Scouts is about helping all girls (K-12) grow by building courage, confidence, and character.  Collaboration is key to the  ability to deliver programs to girls in underserved communities through partner with community agencies year-round to promote positive social skills and behaviors through four modules: Financial Literacy (Finance and Business), Health and Fitness (Fit and Beautiful), Leadership (F'araohs and Beacons), and the STEM disciplines (Fractions, Fixtures and Bytes, Beakers). The ideal candidate is a strong supporter of Girl Scouts, and will provide mission-based leadership.  The ideal candidate will be a leader in her field and possess skills that add value to the Board and hence the Council such as technology, public relations, legal, or property/construction.  The candidate doesn’t need to have prior nonprofit experience. QUESTIONS OR INTEREST: Yiji Starr, yijistarr@gmail.com or Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Girls LEAP (http://www.girlsleap.org ) was founded about 19 years ago to empower girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being. LEAP addresses the public health issue of violence through individual empowerment, public awareness and education, and community engagement. Girls' LEAP interrupts the cycle of violence by teaching girls that they have a right to be safe and how to defend themselves if necessary. We believe all girls deserve to grow up safe and free from violence – and that empowerment is violence prevention. Girls’ LEAP began as a community response to a wave of sexual assaults against women and girls in Cambridge in 1995.  Annually, we serve over 1000 girls, 8-18 years old, from every neighborhood in Boston. Over 62% of our programs are delivered in Dorchester and Roxbury, neighborhoods with high rates of violence and crime. Currently, almost 94% of our participants identify as girls of color, many of whom have experienced violence first hand, have lost a loved one to violence, or do not feel safe in their communities.   Girls’ LEAP is seeking to expand the size of the Board.  The successful candidates will have a passion for the mission and will participate in a weekend Girls’ LEAP violence prevention training.  Board members will serve two-year terms, renewable upon mutual agreement and are expected to annually contribute financially to Girls’ LEAP.  All board members are expected to participate on committees, expansion planning efforts, support specific tasks and ad hoc committee assignments.  The candidates do not need to have prior nonprofit experience.  Questions or interest: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Grand Harmonie (http://www.grandharmonie.org) Grand Harmonie promotes period-instrument artistry in the United States through inventive, compelling performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire and educational outreach to listeners of all ages and backgrounds. The approach to music-making unites scholarship and hands-on performing experience with passion, curiosity, and a willingness to experiment in the spirit of discovery. Historic instruments are used to explore all aspects of period performance practice – even live improvisation! Each concert teaches more about how composers and players of the time conceived their music. By bringing this incredible 19th century sound world to your 21st century ears, a shared experience is created that renews excitement about live performance. Grand Harmonie's artistic portfolio and mission have experienced tremendous growth since our founding four years ago; we are now seeking to grow our corresponding organizational strengths and structure. The Board will support the work of Grand Harmonie and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Successful candidates will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: marketing, accounting, business operations, 
strategic planning, fundraising and/ or audience development. The successful candidates will serve up to two two-year terms and are expected to serve on at least one subcommittee. The candidates do not need to have prior nonprofit experience. Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

House of Seven Gables Settlement Association (www.7gables.org) The House of Seven Gables Settlement Association is in need of a number of women leaders for their board.  Their vision, “To be a sustainable historical, architectural and literary site dedicated to continuing the philanthropic "Settlement" tradition of educating our local immigrant population,” is very relevant in today’s world.  All skill and experience levels are desired.  Please contact Bev Brown (babrown@bu.edu) if you want more information or wish to be considered. Prior board service is not required.

Housing Families, Inc (HFI) (http://www.housingfamilies.org ), a well-respected and successful nonprofit serving the greater Boston area with headquarters in Malden, has recently expanded its programmatic services and seeks to grow the board in order to bring more resources into the organization.  Ending family homelessness has been Housing Families’ mission for 30 years. This is an opportunity for enthusiastic, goal oriented, and successful individuals who share a passion to positively impact the lives of homeless children and parents by sharing expertise with this growing organization with a powerful story. Candidates covering a broad range of corporate expertise are sought to provide financial oversight and to help acquire resources needed to sustain their programs and services. Specifically, the organization is looking for individuals with experience/skills in Real Estate and Legal. Give/get encouraged but there is not a minimum amount set. Board meetings five times a year in Malden (Wednesdays at 4:00 pm). Contact Åsa Fanelli at asa@idealiftgroup.com  with questions or for more information.

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 lsaris@leap4ed.org or 978-740-6667 x109

The Lowell Mason House, Inc. (www.lowellmasonhouse.org ),was created in 2010 to save Lowell Mason’s birthplace from demolition.  Lowell Mason was an important contributor to the music world of the early 1800s, including serving as President of the Handel & Haydn Society and composing music as diverse as “Nearer My God to Thee,” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”  He was also responsible for convincing Boston to become the first city to offer music as part of its core curriculum and is considered the “father of music education in America.”  The house is also historically important in that it dates to the early 1700s but has some beams that date to 1651, which was the year Medfield was settled.  Our objective now is to restore the house, to create a museum space to promote Lowell Mason’s name, to create rehearsal, practice, and lesson space, and to become an advocate for music education in our schools. The Lowell Mason House is seeking to add board members with a passion for music, for music education, and/or for historic preservation.  With the initial stage of saving the Lowell Mason House from demolition completed, we now need to begin the process of restoring the house, creating space for music rehearsal and recording, and becoming an advocate for music education.  All of this will require people to manage the process and raise the funds to pay for it.  Thus we are looking for people with a passion for the project and the business skills to help achieve those objectives, including financial, event planning, fundraising, marketing, governance, law, public relations/communications, and music education.  No prior board experience is required.  If you are interested, please contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

The Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) (http://www.lchcnet.org) is a freestanding, nonprofit, federally qualified community health center that has served as the primary source of health care services in one of the most severely underserved communities in Massachusetts since its beginnings as a tiny storefront mental health counseling center in 1971. LCHC has experienced significant growth and is now the largest provider of primary health care and behavioral health services in Lynn. The health center has an annual budget of $50 million with over 100 full-time equivalent health care providers. In 2012, LCHC served 37,213 patients – 41% of Lynn residents and 40% of all Lynn children 19 and under.   Our goal is to positively impact the health of our community. Access to quality and comprehensive health care allows children to focus on success in school and adults to raise healthy families, pursue gainful employment, and become productive members of our society; ultimately resulting in a stronger, more vibrant community. Our target populations are those who experience the greatest barriers to care: children and their families, the poor, minorities, non-English speaking, teens, and the frail elderly.  LCHC has a 21-member racially and gender diverse Board of Directors, representing a cross-section of the population served by the health center. Over 50% of the board members are active patients of the health center and members have a diversity of experience and expertise.  LCHC is looking to find board candidates who have experience or interest in the non-for-profit sector, philanthropy, healthcare or finance and live on the North Shore.  Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Metalwerx (http://www.metalwerx.com) is dedicated to supporting jewelry and the metal arts through educational programming that fosters artistic and technical development while encouraging community growth and arts appreciation.  Founded in 1998, our innovative school and community studio provides jewelry-making and metal-smith instruction on topics ranging from introductory classes to professional level courses, in a well-equipped, supportive, and enthusiastic environment.  Courses are offered year-round and meet a variety of schedules and interests.  The primary audience served consists of adults that reside in New England and New York, with an emphasis on Massachusetts residents. However, due to the compelling visiting artist curriculum, students have come from all over the USA, and have come from as far away as Japan and Australia to attend specialized courses. We also occasionally offer courses geared towards high school students and hope to expand on this programming in the future.  Metalwerx is seeking to add new board members who will serve two-year terms with one renewal possible.  The immediate need is for an “ideal candidate” with finance experience to work with the current treasurer and then take over as treasurer.  As the board grows, we will also need expertise in strategic planning, education, marketing/events, governance, operations and community outreach.  Prior nonprofit board service is not required.  This is an ideal opportunity for TBC members who like to work closely with the nonprofit.  If you have questions or interest, contact Sherry Gordon at sgordon@valuechaingroup.com

Neighbor Brigade (www.neighborbrigade.org) establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers to provide immediate and free assistance to neighbors experiencing sudden crises such as cancer treatment, illness, accident, or other tragedy.  Neighbor Brigade transforms local communities into networks of support through which neighbors quickly mobilize to help other residents in emergency situations. It is a simple idea with tremendous impact in providing relief to those in crisis while strengthening the fabric of a community.  Neighbor Brigade’s volunteers provide critical support services such as home delivered meals, transportation to and from medical appointments, and home maintenance help. The organization is comprised of town-specific chapters, each managed by screened and trained volunteer Chapter Leaders who recruit and coordinate volunteers within their town.  Last year 4800 volunteers served at 35 chapters. The Neighbor Brigade is seeking at least 2 board members with skills in either finance, nonprofit law or biotechnology.  Prior board experience is not needed.  Who to contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

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, babrown@bu.edu

One Family, Inc. (www.onefamilyinc.org) - One Family aims to prevent homelessness and break the cycle of family poverty in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence through advocacy, education, and innovation. One Family envisions a Commonwealth where all families have secure housing, access to education leading to employment, and the ability to build assets to create a brighter future.  They believe that if policies are focused on prevention and programs are designed to promote opportunities, then we can end family homelessness in Massachusetts. Target population: One Family works statewide in Massachusetts but currently over 85% of the population for our direct service programs reside in Eastern Massachusetts. One Family’s work focuses primarily on the educational and career success of the parents in homeless and at-risk families.  They do this because  they know providing a pathway out of poverty is the best way to break the multi-generational cycle of poverty for children. The organization has an annual budget of about $2M. No prior board service is required. Interested candidates should contact Åsa Fanelli at asa@idealiftgroup.com

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: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Project Place
(PP) (http://www.projectplace.org ) provides opportunities for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the skills, education, resources and personal supports necessary to obtain and sustain employment and housing.  Each year, we serve over 1200 individuals in the Boston metropolitan area (from 18 to 64 yrs. of age).  In addition to classroom training, PP operates three business enterprises that offer valuable internships for its clients, leading to full-time employment.  PP also provides transitional housing for many of those in need.  PP  seeks to expand its Board of Directors in order to support our growth plans and significantly increase our visibility over the next three to five years.  Specifically, PP seeks Directors with expertise in Marketing, Business Development, and Public Relations.  Our “ideal candidate” would have a passion for our mission, an entrepreneurial spirit, and one of the specific skill sets indicated above.  Prior board experience is not needed.  Who to Contact: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

RAW Art Works (RAW) (http://www.rawartworks.org ) founded in 1988 to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. RAW gives youth the tools to create exceptional artwork and helps them develop life skills through a continuum of 38 free programs led by artists and art therapists. These include visual arts groups, a film school, single gender groups, mentoring and leadership programs, and a college preparation program. Over 400 young people attend RAW’s weekly programs and another 300 participants in our outreach programs.  The ideal candidate will support the work of Raw Art Works, and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by RAW’s Executive Director and Founder, the Board works in partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.  The candidate doesn’t need to have prior nonprofit experience. QUESTIONS OR INTEREST: Yiji Starr, yijistarr@gmail.com or Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

South Shore Children’s Museum (www.southshorecm.org): The mission of the South Shore Children’s Museum is “Cherishing America’s memories through exploration and discovery” by providing opportunities for families with children ten years and under to play and engage in meaningful activities. Their target population is children under the age of 10, more specifically pre-school aged children who are seeking early literacy, social skill and learning opportunities that are not accessible in their communities. They are located in Hanover, MA one hour between Boston and in the other direction Cape Cod, and are the only children’s museum in Plymouth County. The vision for the future is to grow from an emerging museum and grass roots status, into a small size museum that will eventually attain state and federal grants to build their own facility and become a tourist destination serving the region and beyond. They are looking for board members who have experience in networking and growing a non-profit, and are seeking candidates that can connect them with local businesses and organizations to help make the museum more attractive for financial and public support.  Ideal candidates would be willing to put in the time and effort to bring the non-profit out of the grass roots phase to a much more competitive business field where they can grow their operations and programs. Future board members will be asked to help with one aspect of the capital campaign program to help the organization reach a specified goal in order to be eligible for some state and federal funds. The ideal candidate would have expertise finance, marketing, grant writing and legal counsel. Prior board service is not required.  If interested, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Training Inc.
(a Branch of the YMCA) provides access to employment that offers family-supporting wages and benefits to unemployed and underemployed adults. Website: www.ymcaboston.org/traininginc Location: Boston Size: $2.3M Skills/experience sought: “Ideal candidates” for the Partners Council will be individuals with strong business and/or personal connections within the greater Boston business community. Candidate would have a passion for helping people in poverty and immigrants improve their lives and help their families by gaining new jobs and careers. Candidate would be a “people connector”, someone who enjoys introducing and connecting people to each other, and would not be shy about asking others to help support the program. Who to contact: Karen Whitley, kwhitley@jonesday.com or (617) 449-6894.

Troubador, Inc. (http://www.troubador.org ) founded 34 years ago and seeks  to improve student literacy and academic achievement in Massachusetts schools and community organizations through arts-integrated instruction.  Troubadour empowers teachers with dynamic strategies to strengthen instructional practice in the literary arts.  The ideal candidates will support the work of Troubadour, and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.  The candidates do not need to have prior nonprofit experience.  The selection process involves an initial interview with the Executive Director followed by an invitation to sit in on a board meeting where the nominations and votes occur. The successful candidates will serve up to three two-year terms and are expected to serve on at least one subcommittee. QUESTIONS OR INTEREST: Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

Vecna Cares (http://www.vencacares.org ) was started 7 years ago and provides technology and training to support and strengthen health systems in underserved areas for better outcomes. Vecna Cares build systems that close the information gaps between patients, caregivers and decision-makers. They serve about 500,000 patients served annually.  Vecna Cares is seeking to expand the size of the Board. The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for Vecna Cares and its mission.  The successful candidate will be an established member of professional and/or academic communities whose scope overlaps with the mission: healthcare; biotech; IT; global health. Ideal skill sets will be in the one of the following areas: legal, financial/budgeting or marketing.  Board members need to be willing to leverage professional and personal networks to help Vecna Cares grow. If you have questions or interest, contact Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.

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 Lisa DonFrancesco at ldf@saintjamesrea.com.


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