“Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of your organization than getting highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on your board. But many organizations struggle to identify the right leaders.” – BoardSource

The Center for Healthy Nonprofits and Greater Tucson Leadership are teaming up to help facilitate the challenging process of connecting local nonprofits with potential board members through their inaugural BoardConnect event on Tuesday, November 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Community Foundation Campus. 

Because building an effective, diverse board is about more than just filling slots, it means recruiting leaders who believes in your mission and have skill sets, perspectives and connections that align with your organization’s strategies, goals, and needs both today and into the future. BoardConnect will give you an opportunity to discover potential volunteer leaders that could help you build a more diverse board.

We will invite all the alumni of Greater Tucson Leadership and members of Tucson Young Professionals to participate in BoardConnect this first time and anticipate opening it up further to other community partners whose members might be interested in board service the next time.

Event Format

The session begins with 45 minute presentation by Laura Alexander and Jenny Carrillo, Tucson consultants who work extensively with nonprofits keen on building better boards.  They’ll provide an overview of board service— roles, responsibilities, expectations— and advise participants interested in board service to help them assess which organization(s) are a good fit for their gifts and talents.

Then we’ll provide an opportunity for participants to connect with potential board members at the nonprofit exhibit fair. Nonprofits in attendance will have staffed tables with materials about their organizations for potential board members and volunteers. Attendees will stop by the tables that interest them and engage in relaxed discussions about service opportunities—boards, committees, task forces, and hands-on volunteer work, as applicable.

How to Participate

This event allows for two representatives from your organization (ideally one staff and one board leader) to participate in this two-hour event. There will be 20 – 25 nonprofits in attendance.

If your organization wishes to participate, please register through the form below.

The deadline for nonprofit registration will be Friday, October 29, 2021.

What to Expect

Each participating nonprofit will be provided with a 6 ft. table and two chairs. We encourage nonprofits to bring materials for their space, such as poster/tabletop displays, photos of your mission in action, info sheets and brochures about your organization, etc. Nonprofits should be sure to have a means to collect names and contact information of interested potential board members.

CFSA will provide the participants with a map of the exhibit area and brief descriptions of the participating nonprofits to facilitate their ability to connect with organizations that interest them.


For any additional questions, please contact Paula Van Ness, Director of Center for Healthy Nonprofits, at pvanness@cfsaz.org.

*Please note, registration and masks are required for attendance. The Community Foundation Campus politely requests that all guests be vaccinated against COVID-19.