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If you would like to become a participating board, please complete the board application form.

Participating Nonprofit Boards

— A —

ACLU of Ohio
Action for Children
Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI)
American Red Cross Buckeye Region
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation Board

— B —

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Board of Directors
Bexley Education Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
Bridgeway Academy

— C —

Cancer Support Community of Ohio
Capitol Square Foundation
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
CRIS (Community Refugee & Immigration Services)

— D —

Disability Rights Ohio
Dublin Arts Council

— E —

Equality Ohio Education Fund

— F —

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA)
Friends of CASA of Franklin County
Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Board

— G —

Graham Elementary and Middle School

— H —

Huckleberry House

— I —

IMPACT Community Action

— L —

League of Women Voters of Ohio
Let Me Run Columbus
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Central Ohio Chapter)
Lincoln Theatre
— N —

NAMI of Franklin County
Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees
Neighborhood Services Inc. (NSI)
New Directions Career Center
New Life Community Outreach                                                                                                                      

— O —

Ohio Energy Project
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio Family Care Association Board of Directors (OFCA)
Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP)
— P —

PBJ Connections
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

— R —

Resident Resources Network, Inc.

— T —

The 2nd & 7 Foundation
The Charles School
The Women's Fund of Central Ohio

— U —

Upper Arlington Education Foundation


Each board provides a primary contact person (our "Board Partner") who serves as a resource and connector. In September the Board Partner and/or a lead staff member should hold a formal introduction meeting to provide information on the organization’s structure, operations and mission. The Board Partner should provide background information on the board’s work, introduce the student to the board, ensure communication about meeting schedules, and encourage opportunities for student engagement.

Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled general board meetings, and as a program we ask that the students be able to commit 6 to 10 hours each month to their board for the duration of their board fellowship. This time includes attending general board meetings, committee meetings, and completing projects or assigned responsibilities (if any). Students are expected to actively participate, depending on the board’s needs and the student’s academic schedule. At the end of their fellowship, students provide Career Development with written feedback about their board experience.

The board fellowship lasts for the duration of the academic year, August through May. If a board requests that a student be matched outside of these parameters, we make every effort to accommodate that request. Students may continue with their assigned board for a second year with mutual agreement from the board.

We begin receiving applications from prospective boards in late spring and early summer, though we welcome inquiries and applications at any time. Boards are accepted into the program upon review of their application and willingness to help students learn about the roles and work of nonprofit boards.

Student applications are due to the Career Development Office during the spring semester. Students are selected based on a thorough application process. They are placed on boards based on: student availability (ability to attend board meetings and capacity for known requirements of board such as a predetermined task or project as proposed by the board); nonprofit mission and board needs; student skill set; and personal interest. Students will be assigned to a board by the beginning of the autumn semester.

Each board has the option to host one or two students. If hosting two Fellows, each student can have their own board contact or project, or they can share a board contact and work on the same project.

Students will be given the name and contact information of their Board Partner. They will then initiate contact with their Board Partner to introduce themselves and arrange a first meeting. The board and student are asked to hold a formal introduction meeting in September.