Nonprofit Board Matching

Connecting business professionals to nonprofit boards.





Business professionals have a crucial role to play in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time.

BVU has worked for 30+ years to train, match, and refer engaged and passionate individuals to nonprofits boards that are striving to make a difference.

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of the nonprofit and business sectors, BVU couples the needs of nonprofits with the passions, budget, time commitment, and skills of business professionals.

BVU’s board matching process considers these four commonly asked questions about board service:

What is the mission and organizational structure?

BVU finds nonprofits that fit participants’ passion/impact areas based on:

  • Budget size and community impact
  • Board, staff, and leadership details
  • Mission and impact areas

What is the time commitment?

BVU finds nonprofits that fit participants’ timing & locale​:

    • 3 hours over 3-10 months for board matching process
    • 4-6 required annual board meetings
    • 4-6 annual committee meetings

What is the cost?

BVU finds nonprofits that fit participants’ budgets based on:

  • Minimum contribution ​or “personally significant” amount
  • Fundraising events and expected participation


What skills are required?

BVU finds nonprofits that match participants’ skills​:

  • All business skills have utility in nonprofit governance and board leadership​
  • Highest needs: sales, HR, finance, legal, logistics, operations, marketing, accounting, etc.

Board Matching Process

What Sets BVU Apart?

Tailored Matching

Our team takes the time to understand your unique skills, expertise, and aspirations. We then match you with nonprofit boards that share your values and mission.

Professional Development

Serving on a nonprofit board is more than just a volunteer opportunity; it’s a chance to grow as a leader. We offer training and resources to help you excel in your role and make an even greater impact.

Community Engagement

We’re committed to strengthening the bond between the business world and the nonprofit sector. By connecting professionals like you with nonprofits, we foster collaboration and innovative solutions to some of society’s most complex challenges.

 Networking Opportunities

Through BVU, you’ll not only connect with a nonprofit board but also with like-minded professionals who share your passion for giving back. This can lead to lasting relationships and career-enhancing opportunities.

Methods of Referral

Business Membership

BVU Business Members nominate participant​, BVU meets with nonprofit leadership to understand their needs​, candidates are interviewed and referred based on nonprofit needs and candidate interests and expertise​, candidates attend Role of the Board training​

Minority Pipeline Initiative

Free for professionals of color due to the demand for racial diversification of nonprofit boards, we encourage members. of the community and our business members to nominate participants.  to go through Board Connect free of charge. ​Encouraging business partners to nominate professionals of color to the Board Connect program. ​

Linking New Leaders

A speed dating style event to connect young professionals and nonprofits ​, nonprofits recruit for young professional groups, boards, or committee seats


Participant is nominated.


Participant fills out application.


BVU begins nonprofit research.


BVU interviews participant and presents nonprofits.


Participant attends “Role of the Board” training seminar.


BVU formally refers participant to nonprofit.


Participant meets with nonprofit personnel.


Nonprofit board officially elects participant.

Your Next Step

BVU Membership

Become a BVU Business Member to connect your employees to nonprofit boards.

Linking New Leaders

Sign up for “speed-dating” between young professionals and nonprofits for a gaurunteed match.

Minority Pipeline Initiative

Access the board matching program free of charge as a professional of color.

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Steve Comer
{BVU gave me the opportunity to be matched to an amazing nonprofit board early in my career. They gave me all the tools I needed for success, walked through the matching process with me step by step, and followed up to make sure it was successful. I recommend BVU to professionals in my network looking to get involved.
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Marketing Professional
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Marc Merklin
Partner, Brouse McDowell
{We are all facing so many difficulties in our society, business, and economy but gathering to volunteer with my team really helped remind us of what’s important. The day of service strengthened connections between staff members and left us all feeling inspired. It was amazing to meet and support passionate people who make the world a better place. We are still talking about it — lots of people are going to go back to the organizations and continue to volunteer.
Bill Priemer
President and CEO, Hyland

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