Esperança is one of the first nonprofits to utilize Valley Leadership’s new initiative LeaderLink, aimed at building the capacity of the nonprofit sector by connecting trained, engaged volunteer leaders with agencies seeking board members.
This month, Esperança will add six new board members, four coming from LeaderLink.
Esperança new board members are: Robert Craig, Pharm D., Senteryx Systems; Richard Filley, Arizona State University; Mistie Hauge, Fennemore Craig, PC.; Freddy Saaverdra, Law Offices of Stephanie Lake; Kenady Sorenson, The Sedona Conference; Jorge Alberto Saurez, Creative Living Fellowship. (All but Robert Craig and Mistie Hague were connected through LeaderLink).
“LeaderLink was created because our alumni and program participants are passionate to serve and because the nonprofit sector turns to Valley Leadership for board leader recommendations,” Executive Director Christy Moore said. “We are excited to partner with alum Tom Egan and Esperanca to explore the LeaderLink process for linked nonprofits and volunteer leaders. This partnership will help to identify opportunities to make LeaderLink even more valuable to its users.”
Through the LeaderLink database, individuals interested in volunteering for board service and agencies recruiting board members can create profiles and be notified when the system detects a match between an individual and an agency. LeaderLink is available to all local community benefit agencies and to volunteer leaders who alumni of Valley Leadership or partnering agencies. Matches are determined based on several criteria, including but not limited to service area and population, geographic area, and professional experience.
“LeaderLink is going to be a valuable resource for Valley nonprofits,”said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “We all struggle with board development from time to time and LeaderLink is going to help match qualified candidates with nonprofits who could really use their expertise and knowledge.”