Tips from the Girls on the Run-Chicago Associate Board

Published: over 2 years ago by Lauren King.

This feature come belatedly to the article we ran in CharityScenes in August, but we’ll pick up the pace on the next blog! See below for some great ideas from the Girls on the Run-Chicago Associate Board.


Switch things up – GOTRC has had much success with their current structure which encourages each board member to serve on a committee. To keep things fresh, members are given the option to change committees. This has brought new perspectives to each of the committees, and members have found that they get new experiences, knowledge and skills when they move around.

Volunteer opportunities – GOTRC members are given the opportunity to volunteer at the organization’s annual 5k events. Seeing the girls in action and taking ownership of a task related to the event keeps members invested in the cause.

Experiment with fundraisers – GOTRC has had a lot of success with their fundraisers, which have not followed an “annual gala” or “happy hour” structure. Exploring new neighborhoods, venues, and even audiences with their recent family focused fundraiser, has drawn in new supporters and kept repeat supporters interested.

Draw on the talents and interests of your board members – GOTR has been fortunate to attract some impressive board members. As the group moves forward, they are assessing the current skill set of the group to pinpoint any areas for improvement. Future board member positions will be filled with young professionals who meet those needs and will really round out the board.

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