Connecting students and community organizations for leadership development and hands-on impact.
The Nonprofit Board Fellowship (NBF) introduces MBA students to the intrinsic value of board service, through a foundational curriculum that lends the concepts of board governance, servant leadership, and diversity and inclusion, combined with an academic year of service as non-voting board members with local nonprofit organizations.
The fellows attend monthly board meetings and committee meetings, and are involved in projects that make a direct impact on their organizations.
NBF is a collaboration between the UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and the school’s Career Resource Center.
Co-directors: Molly Anderson and Carrie Gardner
Nonprofit: Goodwill Industries of Western New York
What I want to be when I grow up: a mentor
The Nonprofit Board Fellowship has allowed me to be mentored by leaders within our community who strive to improve the greater Buffalo Area. This fellowship has served as a phenomenal stepping stone professionally and has allowed me to learn how nonprofits operate and address challenges.
Nonprofit: Buffalo Jewish Federation
What I want to be when I grow up: a pioneer
Nonprofit: Art Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc.
What I want to be when I grow up: empathetic
Vignesh Kumar Swaminathan
Nonprofit: United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
What I want to be when I grow up: Global Vice President
Nonprofit: Leadership Niagara
What I want to be when I grow up: satiated
Nonprofit: Horizon Health Services
What I want to be when I grow up: an advocate
Nonprofit: The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.
What I want to be when I grow up: revolutionary
Nonprofit: WNY Women’s Foundation
What I want to be when I grow up: inspirational
Nonprofit: Leadership Buffalo
What I want to be when I grow up: satisfied
NBF has provided me with an opportunity that strongly complemented my experience with my MBA program. The exposure to board governance in a nonprofit has honed my leadership and communication skills and exposed me to the intricacies of strategic management at a grassroots level.
Nonprofit: Neglia Ballet Artists
What I want to be when I grow up: courageous
Through the Nonprofit Board Fellowship, I have developed a stronger confidence in my own abilities and ideas. With the support of the NBF team, the Neglia Board and staff, and our speakers, I have come to realize that we as young people CAN make a difference.
Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their support: