Board Engagement

Board Engagement is a signature program of Emerge Broward that provides insight and experience in nonprofit board service. Open only to Emerge Broward members, the purpose of the Board Engagement program is to provide community-minded young professionals the opportunity to serve on a local nonprofit Board of Directors.

As part of the program, selected participants will receive training regarding the role of a board member, the basics of nonprofit governance, and best practices in board service. 

Additionally, participants will be matched with a local nonprofit Board of Directors and serve an annual term as a board member.

Board Engagement participants will be selected through an application process. Any Emerge Broward member is eligible to apply. The most qualified candidates are members who have actively taken part in Emerge Broward activities and exhibit an interest in learning what it’s like to serve on a nonprofit board. 

Board Engagement Expectations for EB Members
  • Attend all Board Engagement training workshops
  • Attend the Nonprofit Matching Fair, where you will have the opportunity to meet the participating Nonprofit organizations
  • Serve on your assigned Board of Directors from January– December and attend all scheduled board meetings and events
  • Remain a current Emerge Broward member in good standing

EB Member Application and Selection Process

Any Emerge Broward member is eligible to apply to Board Engagement, but preference will be given to members who have actively taken part in Emerge Broward activities and exhibit an interest in learning what it’s like to serve on a nonprofit board. Successful completion of the Board Engagement training workshops is required to be placed on a board. Please note: A Board match is not guaranteed. Each nonprofit organization has its own internal approval process.

Support has been provided by the Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward 

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN! APPLY ONLINE NOW!

2024-2025 Board Engagement Timeline

Monday, July 1, 2024

Applications Open (EB Participants)

Friday, August 30, 2024

Applications Close (EB Participants)

Monday, September 2, 2024

Applications Open (Nonprofits)

Mid September, 2024

EB Candidates Notified of Selection Status

Late September, 2024

Orientation and Welcome Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 13, 2024

Applications Close (Nonprofits)

October, 2024

Training Session: Board Service 101 - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Late October, 2024

Nonprofits Notified of Selection Status

November, 2024

Training Session: Financial Fundamentals - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

December, 2024

Training Session: Meeting Agendas and Roberts Rules of Order - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

January, 2025

Nonprofit Matching Fair - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Late January, 2025

Board Engagement Participants and Boards Notified of Prospective Nonprofit Board Match

February, 2025

Board Terms Begin (Note: each Board handles selection and approval differently, so actual start date might differ)

TBD, 2025

Mandatory Participant and Non-profit Board Training on the topic “DEI and Access” or “Developing and Supporting a Diverse Board”

April, 2025

Check-in meeting - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

TBD, 2025

Mandatory Participant and Non-profit Board Training on the topic “DEI and Access” or “Developing and Supporting a Diverse Board”

September, 2025

Check-in meeting - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

January, 2026

Wrap up meeting and Celebration; Program Evaluation

Nonprofit Organizations - Call for Applications

Year after year, Board Engagement participants have proven to be the top talent in our community and bring new perspectives, ideas, and energy to existing nonprofit boards. If your nonprofit organization is interested in participating in the Board Engagement program, please contact us for more information.