Wharton Connect

Nonprofit Board Fellows

NBF places second-year MBAs on boards of local non-profit organizations in order create a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the nonprofit. Participating students are given the title of "Visiting Board Member" and are staffed on committees of respective Boards which focus on particular strategic areas for each organization (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, etc.).


Receive extensive training to prepare you to be a visiting board member
Be matched with a local non-profit organization based on your interests and experience
Serve on a board subcommittee based on your interests and functional preferences
Share experiences through case studies to understand the challenges of other local organizations
Use your insights and skills to benefit a service, advocacy, or cultural organization
Network with local community and business leaders
Engage in a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills while giving back to the community


40 second year students
5 Coordinator Fellowships


One year commitment
(Coordinators serve for 20 months)

Selection Criteria

Passion for cause
Appreciation of diversity
Dedication to service
Comfort with ambiguity
Typically 120 applications for 40 slots

Information Session

Late September 2015 for Coordinator positions
Late January 2016 for Board Fellows

Applications Due Date

Early to mid October 2015 for Coordinators
February 2016 for Board Fellows

Selection Process Dates

Decisions will be announced at the end of October for Coordinators
Decisions will be announced early March 2016 for Board Fellows

Commitment Time/Dates

Students must attend: Class of 2017 Kickoff mid March 2016
All Training Sessions (2 in April 2016 and 2 days in August 2016
All Board and relevant committee meetings
Pod meetings
Mastermind meeting-4th Tuesday of each month, September-April
Approximately 10-15 hours per month

Conflicts with other Fellows programs