Event to pair young professionals with local philanthropiesWritten by Bailey G. Dick | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When imagining the kind of people who might be on the board of an organization, it’s common to think of older professionals. But one group of young Toledo young professionals is looking to change the face of nonprofit boards.
Three area organizations — EPIC Toledo, 20 Under 40 and Leadership Toledo — are hosting an event called Board Fair: Engage, Inspire, & Involve on Oct. 16 at The Toledo Club. The free event aims to connect young professionals with area nonprofits, and show them how to become more involved with the organizations.
“We’ll have directors there to meet people and hear what they’re looking for,” said Sara Swisher, director of EPIC Toledo. “We’ll help them find something they’re passionate about and try to bring everything together in one place: agencies and young professionals.”
Swisher said there has been a recent need from several area organizations for board members, and that the Board Fair hopes to connect young professionals to those groups.
“This is an opportunity to take on a role in the community, have fun, meet people and give back to the community,” Swisher said.
For those who don’t have experience serving on the board of a nonprofit, the Board Fair will include two presentations by Sara Best of Aly Sterling Philanthropy on what young professionals can expect from being a board member.
“For many people, this is going to be their first experience serving on a nonprofit board, so [Best] is going to be giving a brief presentation on what kind of responsibilities they will have,” Swisher said.
The Board Fair will host 21 area nonprofits, including Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio.
“The organizations focus on everything from education to arts and human services,” Swisher said.
And if none of the 21 organizations is a good match, but a young professional still wants to get more involved with a nonprofit, Swisher said EPIC will find a way to connect that person with something that works.
EPIC Toledo’s Board Fair will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Presentations by Best will be given twice, at 6 and 7 p.m. To register, visit the web site www.epictoledo.com.