Boards and Community Partnerships
As nonprofit corporations, all IHDF Affiliates are required to have a Board of Directors. Since volumes have been written on the structure, organization, and behavioral dynamics of Boards of Directors, the information here focuses specifically on boards in the context of “I Have A Dream.”
The minimum number of board members is determined by state law and varies according to the size of the Affiliate. IHDF boards are typically small; three directors is a common requirement. For many IHDF Programs, the board includes the initial funders or members of the Expansion Committee. At local IHDF Affiliates where multiple cohorts have been established, boards are usually larger and include a representative from each of them.
IHDF seeks to build boards with voices from the communities we serve and believe this can be accomplished with broad-based collaborative efforts to raise funds and long-term community partnership.
Forming an expansion committee
How to assess core program sites & partnerships
Identifying & Working with Community Partners