GIVE is a nine month fellowship program, offered through Business Volunteers Maryland, designed to equip skilled young professionals and rising leaders with the knowledge and resources to make a difference in the Baltimore community. GIVE Fellows are divided into teams of 4 to 6 and matched with a nonprofit in Baltimore to complete GIVE Advisory Projects (GAPs). Each year we invite nonprofits to submit applications to host our fellows.
Advisory Project Description
Host an Advisory team of 4-6 GIVE Fellows from June-October. Conduct and facilitate monthly strategy sessions to address organizational challenges, issues, or questions. The GIVE Fellows’ role is to immerse themselves in your nonprofit and to collaboratively ideate and strategize to help advance, innovate, and achieve your mission.
The GIVE advisory project is a core component of the GIVE Fellowship experience. It exists to expose Fellows to the inner-workings and challenges of nonprofits, allow Fellows to think creatively and use their skills to support nonprofits, and finally, to empower Fellows to engage with nonprofits on a deeper and more dynamic level.
Benefits to Nonprofits
- Leverage the professional skills and expertise of young professionals in highly valued fields
- Receive thought partnership, and planning assistance from dynamic rising professionals
- Strengthen the network of supporters and ambassadors
- Spread the word about your nonprofit’s work and mission
- Deepen partnership with Business Volunteers Maryland
Advisory Project Requirements
Projects fall within a 5 month time frame. GIVE Fellows are matched with a nonprofit in June and complete projects through October. Here are the requirements for a nonprofit to participate:
- Must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
- At least one staff member to serve as point person, project lead, and representative at meetings.
- Does not already have existing Junior Advisory Board.
- Commit to hosting monthly strategy sessions with Advisory Team.
- Collaborate with GIVE Project Mentor for pre-session planning, and scheduling/logistics coordination.
- Communicate regularly with GIVE Project Mentor and Advisory Team members between meetings.
- Provide a minimum of one opportunity for Advisory Team to volunteer in a hands-on, direct way. Exposure to organization’s daily work/programs and clientele is required.
- Invite team to attend one meeting with the Board of Directors.
- Attend two key events: including the project kick-off/workshop the morning of June 13th and graduation on the afternoon of November 9th.
- Complete an online Advisory Project Application, in addition to Part I of our Nonprofit Application (if you haven’t done so within the last 3 months). You can access the Advisory Project Application via the hyperlink at the bottom of this page. Secondarily, the Nonprofit Application will be sent via email after submitting the initial application.
- The Nonprofit Application has two optional, additional parts. Parts II and III of the Nonprofit Application are optional and should be completed if you’d like us to refer board candidates from our Board Leadership Program, and or if you have general volunteer needs and/or can host groups.
Examples of Advisory Projects
- A nonprofit is struggling to understand why employees are leaving the organization. Retention rates are low, and the company is spending too much time and resources trying to replace personnel.
- A nonprofit is struggling to explain its services to its target beneficiaries. People are confused about what they do, and they have repeatedly been unable to fill their program slots with potential clients.
- A nonprofit recognizes their need for ongoing advisory support, but does not know how to go about implementing an advisory committee. They have never had an advisory committee, and does not know how to source committee members, or how to implement a committee structure.
- A regional nonprofit is opening up their first Baltimore location. They have had great success in other cities, but are still familiarizing themselves with Baltimore and all of its unique attributes. They are hoping to build brand recognition and Baltimore representation on their board, but do not know the best channels to do that.
Want to apply to host a GIVE Advisory Project?
If you are interested in learning more about GIVE Advisory Projects, please fill out this interest form. If you have questions, or want to learn more – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-366-6030 x209
Are you a nonprofit professional who knows someone who might be a great GIVE candidate? Nominate a rising leader for GIVE! Fill out our nomination form here. For more detailed information about GIVE, visit our GIVE page here.
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