January 19, 2019

Edgewood College

10 am until 12 pm

A single-day showcase connecting
nonprofits with prospective board members.

Dane County has thousands of nonprofits which support the fabric of our vibrant and growing community. Nonprofit Draft Day is a great opportunity for professionals— new and old —from every sector and at every skill level, to gain leadership skills while working in service with social good organizations to help them fulfill their mission.

Step up. Be a Leader. Make a Difference.

Madison is known worldwide for being a great place to live. Pioneering, innovative, and resilient— our nonprofit sector is a strong contributor to our community's vibrancy, stability, and growth. From arts and parks to food and shelter, the breadth and diversity of the sector supports every aspect of being a Madisonian from work to play. Your time, expertise, and abilities offer a valuable contribution to many nonprofits in search of board members and or members for board committees. This is your opportunity, to step up, take the lead, and make a difference.


We're sorry, all tables are taken,
as of 3pm, Tuesday, January 15th.
All submitted registrations are live.
We apologize for closing early, we had limited table space
and that space has been filled.


Browse 50 Registered Nonprofits
Updates Completed.

Free Agents   

Be a community leader! Register NOW! Are you looking for opportunities to share your talents, strengthen your leadership skills, and give back to your community?
We will offer free workshops on board service for those interested.

Free Agents

Browse 45 Potential Board Members
Updates completed.

the process

Inspired by sports draft, Nonprofit Draft Day explores the idea of plenty. Resources are plentiful, but not always accessible. There are plenty of people looking for opportunities to serve. Community leaders, new and experienced professional who have skills, connections, and expertise that they want to use in aid of the community.

There is also a wealth of organizations with board positions that they are looking to fill including roles on committees and other opportunities to grow into board seats. Nonprofit Draft Day provides a venue and process for connecting the two.



Nonprofits and Community Leaders can register above, as either Talent Scouts or Free Agents. Registration gives you a small table at the event to display information about your organization, and early access to registered free agents so that you can start exploring your needs and interests. For Free Agents, get listed, let nonprofits see who you are before the event! Both Scouts and Free Agents will receive name tags with status declarations.



There's the day, but then there is what you do before the day. Scouts and free agents, prepare yourself. Sign-up to receive notice of new board positions and or new talent. Take the time to review the individuals or organizations that interest you most. Reach out to the individuals or organizations that interest you the most to get the ball rolling. The Day itself is a rapid affair, go into it, well prepared.


Free Agents, we encourage you to learn more about potential nonprofits and their board requirements. This will allow you to narrow down your interests before the Draft Day. On Draft Day you can target the tables of the organizations you are most interested in. After a conversation with representatives, you can decide to place your business card with them or not.

Talent Scouts, please take the time to review free agent profiles. We will provide LinkedIn or other social media links if provided. You can come to the Draft Day with a list of individuals you are interested in and speak to them during the fair portion of the day.

Sign-up for our mailing list above. While you can always view all profiles on our website, those who sign-up for our mailing list can have profiles delivered directly to your InBox.



Attendance is important— the Draft Day fair provides a chance for scouts and free agents to mix and mingle, learn more about one another and sure up the selection process. This is a media celebrated event, your selection of a new board member will be announced to all attendees and the media. So Free Agent bring your business card and drop them into the 'draft boxes' of the nonprofits that interest you the most. Nonprofits show the attendees who you are. You can only select new board members from those who have submitted business cards to your box, but you can still sign-up volunteers and mailing list subscribers. Your selection will be announced to the event attendees and the media.


You DO NOT need to be a free agent or talent scout to attend the event. Come if you just want to learn more about participating nonprofits or attend the announcement ceremony. The best time on Saturday to show up is between 10 am to 11 am, so that you have plenty of time to mix, mingle, and have conversations with nonprofits and free agents alike. We also recommend that you hang around for the Announcement Ceremony. The Announcement Ceremony will be a joyous, handclapping event, which general gets some media and live streaming presence. That starts around 11:30 am and should be done by 12 pm.


celebrate and serve

The selection event is celebration of connections and potential, don't miss it. Following the draft, Nonprofits and Free Agents will make arrangements to go through the organization's standard confirmation process as specified by the bylaws of that organization. The draft is an open offer and public declaration of intent, but is limited by organizational process.


The Announcement Ceremony is a celebration of nonprofits matched to free agents. You'll get to learn who was selected to sit on which board of directors and have the opportunity to clap, whistle, and otherwise enjoy the ceremony which will be streamed and have a media presence.

What Happens After the Event?
Free Agents selected to serve on nonprofit boards will be on-boarded by the nonprofit post event. This may include going through an official board approval process depending on the nonprofit and their board approval process.


To Be Announced

nonprofit arrival

Registered nonprofits recruiting board members should arrive between 9-9:30 am so that they have time to set-up their table and prepare for the next few hours.

public arrival.

Free agents and the general public should arrive between 10 am and 11 am. This will give you an hour to visit tables, network with other attendees and make connections.

selection / what to expect workshop

While the nonprofits are making their draft selections, free agents can attend a workshop on what to expect as a new board member.

announcement ceremony

Music will play and nonprofits will announce their board selection. Cheering, clapping, and a onstage photo opportunity for each match will happen.


contact us

Phone: 1-(608) 241.3616
Email: [email protected]