For Nonprofit Partners

The Fuqua on Board (FOB) program matches Duke MBA students with Durham area nonprofits to serve as non-voting board members. Over the course of a year-long apprenticeship, pairs of students work with a board mentor, participate in board meetings, attend relevant committee meetings and fulfill the responsibilities of an active board member. Students also complete a project designed to map directly onto improving board governance and functioning.

Students serve as “board associates,” gaining valuable insight into the governance and inner workings of nonprofit organizations while providing the nonprofits with fresh perspectives and critical business skills. FOB provides training, coaching, and peer support throughout their board engagement.

FOB is an extracurricular volunteer commitment. Students do not receive academic credit for their participation and commit 10-12 hours/month to FOB. Through FOB, students learn what makes boards effective and are prepared with skills to help them serve effectively on boards in the future.

Benefits to Participating Organizations

  • Gain access to talented MBA students with business experience and fresh, innovative ideas
  • Help develop future community leaders
  • Strengthen relationships with the Duke Fuqua School of Business


Organizations participating in FOB must:

  • Be a nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina
  • Have a reasonably stable governing board that meets monthly or bi-monthly (preference for monthly meetings)
  • Be willing to invite two students to participate in a non-voting role in board and committee meetings on a regular basis
  • Provide mentoring and supervision to students assigned to your board via a staff liaison and a board member “mentor”
  • Have a robust anti-discrimination or inclusivity policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of marginalized identities


  • Appoint a board mentor AND a staff liaison.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision to your Associates (onboard them to your board and organization history/mission/vision, get to know them and their skillsets and desired learning objectives, etc).
  • Help to scope out a project that fits your needs and the students expectations and support them throughout it.
  • Provide feedback to improve the FOB program experience for all.