Junior Board, Young Professionals Board, Associate Board, Auxiliary Board.
The names may very, but they all have a similar purpose. These groups exist to provide support to nonprofit organizations. Most often this is done through philanthropic support (hosting fundraisers) and through advocacy (serving as ambassadors for the organization's mission).
As these types of boards have grown in popularity, so too has the opportunity for young professionals to get involved.
We interact with many different group but our primary focus will always be on serving associate boards. When your board chooses to join our community, it represents a partnership between you and us.
Although many associate boards have been functioning successfully on our own, we think we all stand to improve by coming together. The All A-Board Alliance aims to help strengthen boards so they can better meet their goals, as well as help ensure that associate board service provides a meaningful experience for young professionals.
Much of an associate board's success is contingent on the support of the parent organization, i.e. the nonprofit whose mission is supported by the associate board. This is because the associate board, or AB, can only do what its parent nonprofit allows it to do.