The Coggin Board Fellows Program is a community engagement program that aims to place graduate business students on non-profit Boards as non-voting members. Non-profit boards benefit the talent and energy of Coggin MBA and other graduate students. Students gain first-hand experience in governance and leadership while understanding the difficult social issues the First Coast community is attempting to address. Our mission is two-fold: (1) provide Coggin MBAs with an opportunity to develop valuable community leadership skills and (2) provide MBA talent to non-profit organizations helping them better serve their constituencies.
“A Board Fellows Program is an excellent development opportunity; both personally and professionally. My Program allowed me to gain experience and skills that will be useful not only for future non-profit board service, but as I grow my career as well. Additionally, the caliber of individuals associated with the program were top notch and made additions to my network.”
Michael Ross, Fisher Board Fellow, Ohio State University
“One of the critical thing is capturing people’s attention early. That’s the time people are getting their bearings and figuring out what clubs they want to join.”
Kate Olson, Board Fellows Leader, Georgetown University
Requirements and Timeline
Students are invited to apply if they are an MBA student who meets the following criteria:
- A rising MBA student who has completed at‐least 9 credits.
- Able to meet the time commitment (approximately 2‐4 hours per week on average including board/committee meetings and work on a strategic project).
- At least one year of work experience, preferably in a managerial capacity.
- Available during business hours to attend periodic meetings.
- Interested in board experience and nonprofit service.
Application and selection of fellows (rolling application)
- Fellowship is for minimum 9 months.
Key Program Components
- Service – Attend all board meetings and participate as non‐voting members.
- Committee – Serve on any committee or task force.
- Project – Take leadership role in completing any project assigned.
- Workshops – Help non‐profit board members gain access to faculty expertise at Coggin
Non‐Profit Boards gain the following:
- New skills and fresh perspective from a young professional.
- Leverage student skills on strategic projects.
- Mentor the next generation of board members.
- Receive professional training from Coggin faculty.
Board Fellows students gain the following:
- Work at the highest level of an organization.
- Take advantage of mentorship from some of the best and brightest community leaders.
- Develop leadership skills and learn about governance.
- Make an impact on your local community.
- Receive special certificate and mention during graduation.
Types of Work to Expect
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
- Conduct financial analysis.
- Develop fundraising models.
- Understand non‐profit accounting.
- Manage financial operations in a non‐profit.
- Understand branding for a non‐profit.
- Conduct market research.
- Create a strategic marketing plan.
- Develop innovative membership program.
- Institute business planning
- Leverage social networking.
- Evaluate strategic value of new program.
- Develop a plan to address any growth.
- Measure board effectiveness.
- Create a model for board development.
- Assess effectiveness of organization.
- Evaluate efficacy of programs.
What types of projects do Board Fellows undertake?
Projects assigned should be board‐level work not staff‐level tasks. They are to be designed so that a student can manage them in light of the student’s academic and professional demands.
Examples of student projects may include:
- Performance measurement (developing a balanced scorecard or creating an evaluation system)
- Strategic plans (developing a strategic plan for growth, fund development or web development)
- Marketing plans (developing a strategy for public relations or branding)
- Fund development (analyzing current fundraising efforts to increase donations)
- Finance (conducting a cost/benefit analysis)
What is the time commitment for Board Fellows?
Board Fellows voluntarily commit a similar amount of time per month as a full board member (typically 2‐8 hours a month), including attending board meetings, committee meetings, and completing projects. A Board Fellow should clearly communicate their role and expectation with their organization at the beginning of their term.
What is expected from Board Fellows?
- Attend most, if not all, board meetings and serve on one board committee.
- Complete a project that leverages a student’s academic and professional skills.
- Help plan and attend special events.
- Seek support from a board mentor and staff mentor.
- Maintain consistent communication with mentors and the organization.
List (partial) of Participating Universities Nationwide
Participating Universities Nationwide
- Babson College
- Kate Olson, Board Fellows Leader, Georgetown University
- Butler University, College of Business
- Cornell University, Johnson School of Management
- New York University, Stern School
- Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
- Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
- Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business
- Santa Clara University
- Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Center for Social Innovation
- Temple University, Fox School of Business
- University of California, Berkeley, Hass School of Business
- University of Michigan, Nonprofit and Public Management Center
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
- University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
- University of Tampa
- University of Texas, McCombs School of Business
Non‐Profits participating in Board Fellows Nationwide
- The Berkeley Symphony, CA
- Children’s Council of San Francisco, CA
- EarthTeam, CA
- The Future Leaders Institute, CA
- Larkin Street Youth, CA
- Leadership High School, CA
- Planned Parenthood , CA
- Playworks, CA
- Rubicon Programs, Inc., CA
- Stern Grove Festival, CA
- United Way of the Bay Area, CA
- Alternative for Girls, MI
- Alzheimers Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
- American Red Cross, MI
- Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, MI
- Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, MI
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit, MI
- Charities Aid Foundation of America. VA
- Community Alliance, MI
- Detroit Institute of Art, MI
- Gleaners Community Food Bank, MI
- Greening of Detroit, MI
- HIV/AIDS Resource Center, MI
- Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, MI
- League of Women Voters, MI
- Nature Conservancy, MI
- Sunset Retirement Communities, OH
- Wayne Mediation Center, MI
- Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation, VA
- American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, IL
- Center for Economic Progress, IL
- Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, IL
- Connections for Abused Women and their Children, IL
- Connections for the Homeless, IL
- Evanston Community Foundation, IL
- Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, IL
- Junior Achievement of Chicago, IL
- Kidney Cancer Association, IL
- MarketPlace Handwork of India, IL
- Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, IL
- YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, IL
- Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, NY
- Food Bank of the Southern Tier, NY
- Kitchen Theatre Company, NY
- Women's Opportunity Center, NY
- Hangar Theatre, NY
- United Way of Tompkins County, NY
- Michigan Museum Association, MI