Boardified is the integrative platform for board development for nonprofit organizations in North America.
Our mission is to empower Jewish communal organizations to reach their full potential with the support of engaged and prepared volunteer leaders, working in close partnership with senior professionals and vested stakeholders. Boardified offers customizable tools, programming, and extensive resources to strengthen nonprofit leadership skills from the inside out. We partner with organizations to generate a stronger future for boards, maximize organizations’ impact, and advance the work of the Jewish nonprofit sector.
The BMI is our signature program for board members, aimed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their roles. Participants receive 40 hours of comprehensive curriculum in governance, fundraising, roles and responsibilities, finance, strategic leadership, and more. This cohort experience is taught by Northwestern University’s Kellogg faculty and practitioners from the Jewish sector, and it integrates best practices in the field such as applied learning, networking, and cross-sector collaborations. Learn more about the program here.
Staff Professional Development
By developing senior professionals who work with boards, we provide them the skills and knowledge they need to maximize board engagement and help establish a productive board culture. Unraveling the Boardian Knot: Principles of Effective Governance is the first of its kind virtual intensive for Jewish nonprofit professionals. Participants will learn the principles of governance and a framework to build strong partnerships with their boards.
360-Degree Board Health Assessment
Boardified’s Board Health Assessment is specifically designed for Jewish nonprofits. Customized to your organization’s governance structure, our five-part assessment collects data from your board members and senior staff professionals. We analyze this data to evaluate the health of your board, identify the unique challenges and opportunities facing your organization, and offer actionable solutions. Learn more about our model.
Board Member Coaching
Boardified understands that board members don’t have the answers to everything—but we’re here to help you find them. We offer one-on-one coaching sessions with our experts to help you navigate board governance, engagement, and culture and get the advice you need. Contact us today to schedule a free 30-minute session.
In 2016, the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund (JGWMF) found that they were asking the same question over and over again of their grantees and partners who were facing strategic challenges and internal organizational issues. “Where are your board members?”
This question first prompted the JGWMF to found The Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits (BMI), a ground-breaking, cohort-based board member development program taught and administered by Northwestern University’s Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management and expert practitioners in the Jewish nonprofit sector.
In just the last two years, we have worked with over 100 program participants, representing more than 150 different local, national, and international organizations. And we are just getting started.
While the BMI has redefined the standards for board member development, it has become clear that the program is only one of many critical resources our community needs to transform the culture and ecosystem of volunteer leadership. That’s why we have launched Boardified. Boardified provides comprehensive board development services and products—including our signature program, BMI—to take your nonprofit board to the next level.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Boardified (formerly The Board Member Institute) has been providing just-in-time support to board members and staff professionals through Town Hall webinars, access to thought leaders in the field, one-on-one coaching, and the Technical Assistance Collaborative. You can access recordings of our Town Halls here.
Boardified also partnered with the JUF and local Jewish funders to found Chicago’s Technical Assistance Collaborative. The Collaborative provides support to Chicago Jewish organizations to clarify problems resulting from the crisis, identify solutions, and scale recommendations. Boardified works closely with its partners to curate webinars, cohort learning, and customized interventions with experts that many in the nonprofit community would otherwise not be able to access. This partnership stands out as the first of its kind in the Jewish community.
Alicia S. Oberman
Alicia is the founder of Boardified. Alicia is a thought leader in board development and nonprofit management, utilizing her many years of experience in the sector and board service to partner with board members and boards on governance best practices. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of, and in advisory capacities to, a number of nonprofit organizations, including: the Goldie Initiative, VIBE Israel USA, Leading Edge (Governance Committee), and the Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium.
From 2007-2019, Alicia served as the Executive Director of the Jack Miller Family Foundation (for which she remains a Board member and strategic lead in Jewish philanthropy) and its related philanthropic fund, the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund. Alicia directed all of the foundation’s programs and operations and served as the foundation’s liaison to its nonprofit partners and the community. Alicia graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in English from Amherst College in 1999. She then received her JD from Northwestern University’s School of Law in 2003.
Samantha is the Program Director of Boardified, drawing on her experience in the Chicago nonprofit sector to help organizations maximize their impact in the community. Prior to joining the Boardified team, she was the Chief Advancement Officer for Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS), where she oversaw the agency’s fundraising, marketing, communications, and leadership development program. Samantha raised over $3.5 million to support the agency’s programs and led the development of the JCYS Leadership Circle, a comprehensive, hands-on leadership development program for the JCYS Board of Directors and community of Board Alumni. Samantha graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Business Institutions.