Board Member – Fundraising
Breakthrough Greater Boston

Cambridge, MA 02238

Board Member – Fundraising

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Our board The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 20 members from a variety of backgrounds, all dedicated to shaping and supporting a highly successful organization by contributing individual skills and assets.  Generally, board members have the opportunity to connect with other professionals and organizations in the community, support the academic achievement and college success of motivated middle school students, provide unique opportunities for young people to explore teaching as a profession, and contribute their individual skills, strengths, and creative thinking to further the impact of Breakthrough Greater Boston.
Position We are currently seeking a Chair for our Development Committee.  The right individual might have professional or volunteer experience with fundraising.  Either way, they would be excited to share Breakthrough's story and build Breakthrough's circle of support.
Desired skills
Fundraising*, Grants
Commitment 3 to 5 hours/month
Donation Organization requires a specific amount of “give or get” for all board members.
Requirements Most importantly, Board members share a connection to the mission of Breakthrough Greater Boston and are invested in the organization’s success at every level.  In addition, Board members should exhibit the following characteristics:


•          Proven leadership skills, with the ability to contribute, lead, question, and motivate

•          Dedication to equity in education, with a commitment to ensuring high-quality programs that provide opportunities for children and young people to succeed

•          Strong communication and interpersonal skills

•          Commitment to working with and supporting a diverse group of peers, staff members, students, families, teachers, and community partners

•          Willingness to contribute personal resources – time, knowledge, connections, and money – in support of the organization, including demonstrated ability to (or potential to) cultivate and solicit funds and recruit new Board members and volunteers

•          Commitment to engaging in BTGB’s current Boston expansion efforts – knowledge of Boston education, philanthropic or community engagement communities preferred but not required

•          Background in nonprofit management, nonprofit financial management, law, or education preferred but not required
On-boarding Breakthrough offers an initial onboarding session with the Board Chair and Executive Director.  Often new board members are paired up with veteran board members who are available to them for ongoing questions. The organization organizes social events for board members to meet one another and staff 2-4 times per year.
Our mission

BTGB provides middle and high school students with six years of academic and college readiness services while training talented high school and college students for careers in urban education. The mission of Breakthrough is to inspire excitement for learning, create paths to college, and promote careers in education.