Board Recruitment Fair

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Time: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Courtyard Marriott
1500 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Fee: $25 for MCN members or nonmembers

BR LogoAre you a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities seeking to diversify your board of directors? Join us to table at the Board Recruitment Fair on Monday August 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Minneapolis. We hope to have in attendance a few hundred people of color with various skills and backgrounds who are interested in joining boards. This year we’ll also have an after-event social for continued networking, hosted by Make It. MSP.

If your organization would like to attend, please be prepared to:

  1. Have 1 staff person and 1 board member table from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on August 21.
  2. Plan to arrive and set up your exhibit from 4:30-5:15 p.m. (about 4 feet of table space; no electricity).
  3. Bring materials to hand out, business cards and a copy of your bylaws and financials in case someone would like to see them.
  4. Be ready to answer intelligently why you seek more diversity on your board, what diversity means for your board, the skills you seek in new board members and any requirements (attendance, committees, financial contribution, etc.).
  5. Be committed to providing a “board buddy” – an existing board member who acts as an informal mentor – to any new board members.
  6. Follow up with people you meet at the event – and use whatever vetting process you want to. We are the introduction point; the rest is in your hands. Please follow up with everyone.

Nonprofit Registration
Nonprofits can register at to submit your information; then you will be redirected to pay the $25 table fee. Please sign up as soon as you can, because this is first-come, first-served – and at some point space may run out. After you sign up, you will receive a receipt. In early August you’ll receive additional information about location, set-up, timing, parking and the social.

Individual Registration
People of color who are interested in joining boards are invited to register at Please share this with your networks. There is no fee to register as an individual.

Board Repair
Formed in 2014, Board Repair’s mission is to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards in the Twin Cities. We operate as a network of people of color supporting people of color to join and be effective on nonprofit boards and committees. We achieve our mission by hosting trainings, gatherings, and a list of board openings. For more information vist

Because Board Repair is volunteer-run, they have limited ability to respond to emails. If you really need to reach someone, please email Jun-Li at

For the Fair, we are pleased to have support and assistance from Augsburg College, Make It. MSP, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Springboard for the Arts and others. Hospitality generously provided by The McKnight Foundation. 

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