Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits


 By Darina Privalko, Project Manager, Marom Group


Nonprofits need outstanding volunteer leaders to maximize impact, inspire and support professionals, forge meaningful partnerships and be ready and able to make difficult strategic decisions. Today’s nonprofit boards need to be more than fundraisers. They must partner with professional staff in developing and implementing the mission and strategy of an organization in order to satisfy their sophisticated donor base and meet the complex challenges of the evolving landscape of the nonprofit sector. The Jewish nonprofit sector is not immune to these challenges, and in fact, confronts its own unique landscape and potential obstacles. While professional recruitment, training and retention of professional staff has already been recognized as a priority both by funders and organizations, the proper training of such board members continues to be vastly overlooked.


To address this issue, the first-ever Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits has been created, and its first-ever Chicago-based cohort will begin studies on Jan 8, 2018.

The Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund in partnership with Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Marom Group and additional innovative and forward thinking philanthropic partners have served as the driving force behind this initiative.


On September 12, 2017, after nine months of intense work, the Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits had its official start. The stylish and exquisite venue of DIRTT: Green Learning Center in the heart of Chicago hosted over 70 guests of the Jewish nonprofit world from Chicago and beyond, including heads of foundations and nonprofits, senior board member leadership, as well as those who aspire to serve on the board of Jewish nonprofits.


The night’s speakers included:

  • Ms. Alicia S. Oberman, the Executive Director of Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Foundation, who shared the story behind the idea to launch the certified training program for board members;
  • Ms. Gali Cooks, the Executive Director of Leading Edge, who welcomed the audience with a conversation about the State of Talent in the Jewish Community;
  • Ms. Liz Livingston Howard, Director of Nonprofit Executive Education of Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management, who shed the light on the program composition and curriculum.


To learn more about the Board Member Institute and apply, please click here or contact Darina Privalko, Project Manager, Marom Group, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Program Background, Reference Materials and White Papers

The Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, a fund of Jack Miller Family Foundation, recognized an opportunity to invest in elevating the overall performance of the Jewish nonprofit sector and in mid-January 2017 engaged Marom Group to conduct a qualitative field assessment of current trends of the Jewish nonprofit sector in the U.S and to survey the in-depth insights of stakeholders and seasoned practitioners in the U.S. nonprofit sector regarding the urgent need for comprehensive board member training.


An astounding 90% of respondents regarded as urgent the need to address the issue of a high quality, practical, holistic training program that prepares board members to handle the challenges of the evolving nonprofit landscape. Click here to read the full reports.



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