BoardLead | Cause Good


Cause Good
BoardLead strengthens social good organizations by recruiting, placing, training and supporting talented professionals from top companies for high-impact board service.

Nonprofits need an efficient way to meet talented professionals from top companies who are motivated, trained and ready to serve.

Earlier-career professionals want to use their skills for good, build their professional networks and strengthen their future career path.

Leading companies invest in their people by offering meaningful community service opportunities and supporting leadership development.

Strategic funders know that they must build the leadership capacity of nonprofits whose programs and services they support.

Our Promise

We ensure an airtight fit: BoardLead makes connections based on a strong alignment with mission-passion and board expectations.
We train for a strong start: BoardLead doubles-down on good governance training so that next generation board members feel equipped to be strong contributors in their first year.
We offer leadership development: BoardLead provides ongoing one-on-one support and governance resources, aiming for next gen board members to rise to leadership positions.

The BoardLeader Way

We set high expectations for those we place on boards.
BoardLeaders are asked to commit to:
  • Robust participation in board meetings
  • Service on at least one board committee
  • A near perfect meeting attendance record
  • A personally meaningful and sacrificial annual contribution
  • Active participation in all fundraising efforts
  • Leveraging one’s skills and network to drive impact
  • Completion of each elected term
By setting a standard of excellence, it is our hope that BoardLeaders will rise to a board leadership position within 18 months.

How It Works

  • 1

    Select Nonprofit Cohort

  • 2

    Build Talent Pool

  • 3

    Match Candidates to Nonprofits

  • 4

    Support Vetting & Nomination Process

  • 5

    Provide Training & Ongoing Support

Track Record

Click here to see an infographic of our progress in 2015, including BoardLead results.
Our Progress in 2015

Nonprofit Organizations Served

Per Scholas
Literacy, Inc.
Global Glimpse
Citizen Schools
Ali Forney Center
Atlantic Theater Company
Harlem RBI DREAM Charter School

See a full list for 2015.

Corporate and Foundation Partners

Macquarie Group
The Joyce Foundation
Heckscher Foundation for Children

What people are saying about BoardLead

“BoardLead’s focus on placing and rigorously training new board members was just what Barclays was looking for in a board placement program. The BoardLead team offers the quality and caliber that our colleagues are used to, delivers special attention to each person as they go through the process and provides candidates with a network of colleagues both internally and at other corporations that they can call upon for questions or advice.”

- Jeremy Davis, Assistant Vice President, Citizenship & Reputation, Barclays
“Cause Strategy Partners has been a key partner in our venture philanthropy, fostering collaborations between nonprofits, for-profits, and the public sector toward a common goal. Through BoardLead – that we funded – we were able to leverage the talents of professionals as next gen board members for youth-serving nonprofits.”

- Peter Sloane, Chairman and CEO, The Heckscher Foundation for Children
"The two board members Cause Strategy Partners brought to South Bronx United have been fantastic contributors to the organization in just the first three months since they have joined. BoardLead has been a big boost to us as we grow not just our board, but our overall impact.”

- Andrew So, Executive Director, South Bronx United
“I have been lauding BoardLead far and wide, including with our funders. I talk about the program and our results, including the diversity that you helped us achieve. I can’t tell you how excited we all are – staff and board.”

- Lori Sherman, Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer, The Center for Arts Education
“I believe that BoardLead has the potential to transform the nonprofit sector as it adds value for nonprofit organizations, corporations and corporate employees alike.”

- Eliza Pesuit, Chief Executive Officer, Global Glimpse

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BoardLead is the signature program of Cause Strategy Partners.
The mission of Cause Strategy Partners is to help social good organizations achieve their missions fueled by great leadership, great strategy and, most importantly, great results. We are a purpose-driven enterprise that believes in harnessing the power of business for social good. We are proud to be a Certified B Corporation, part of a community of more than 1,000 companies across 60 industries that meet rigorous standards of performance, accountability and transparency, committed to using the power of business to build strong local communities.

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