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NLI Hits 600th Non-Profit Board Match Milestone

Duquesne’s nonprofit board-matching program, Boards-by-Design, recently marked more than 600 matches between individual volunteers and nonprofit organizations since its inception in September 2002.  Housed in the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute, the program has drawn more than 1,600 individual and 300 nonprofits applicants.

“Traditionally, nonprofit board members were recruited from a pool of friends and colleagues of existing board members without much strategic outreach for diversity in race, talent, age or affiliation,” said Allison Jones, director of the program.  “This has caused many boards to become self-perpetuating.”

An innovative and comprehensive nonprofit board-matching program, Boards-by-Design is intended to benefit nonprofits, businesses and individuals by connecting individuals with particular skills, interests and diversity with the nonprofit organizations who need them. The program works with nonprofits to determine their needs—specific disciplines, growth, diversity, transition—and match them with qualified candidates. Each match is handled personally to ensure a mutual best fit for the volunteer and nonprofit organization.

The volunteers and groups that moved Boards-by-Design over the 600-match milestone included: Dana Bacsi, Mount Lebanon Montessori School; Terri Blanchette, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh; Kelly Caddy, Kentucky Avenue School; Larysa Gradeck, Brew House Association; Justine Patrick, The ALS Association; Mary Perozich-Lynch, Transitional Services; Brian Pietrandrea, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest; and Mark Thomas, The Balmoral School of Piping.

Boards-By-Design is a program of Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute, part of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. With a mission to inspire excellence in nonprofit governance, the NLI was founded in 1996 as a premier resource center for nonprofit boards.

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