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6 reasons why your nonprofit absolutely needs a junior board

Last fall BoardAssist launched a junior board matching pilot program
to find junior boards for all the terrific millennials who approach us for board service. The pilot was an immediate success with loads of amazing young professionals approaching us for junior board seats. From the nonprofits we helped, the feedback has been extremely positive. While many were concerned that having a junior board would take a lot of staff time away from other critical functions, what we’ve heard has been wholly to the contrary. Millennials are terrific self-starters that don’t need or want a lot of hand-holding. Give them a task to do, and they will get it done!

Utilizing Technology to Effectively Recruit New Junior Board Members (pt 3 of 3)

This week, we bring you our final installment of our Junior Board Series with Orr Associates, Inc. Read part one for an overview of junior boards as a fundraising tool, and part two for the challenges of junior boards.

The Challenges of Junior Boards (pt 2 of 3)

In my previous blog post, I discussed the origins of junior boards and the reasons they are ‘trending.’ I also discussed the fundraising potential behind the idea. However, no fundraising tool is perfect. There are challenges to consider before going all in on a junior board.

A Trending Fundraising Tool: A Junior Board (pt 1 of 3)


Six years ago, the phrase “junior board” was understood by only a few. Now, I hear it all the time. I work at a nonprofit consulting firm, Orr Associates, Inc (OAI). OAI works exclusively with nonprofits to help them with their fundraising and development needs. Our nonprofit partners consistently tell us they struggle to engage with Millennials. Many of them have been building junior boards to serve as a solution.