The “Blue Suits” Board of Advisors

Let's rub elbows and make thing happen.

Let's rub elbows and make thing happen.

About THIS Board

Our “Blue Suits” board of advisors is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the Board of Directors to more effectively guide the organization in meeting and exceeding its goals.  The Advisory Board is a resource pool of experts from any field deemed relevant used to advise the board and staff in carrying out the mission.  This Board serves as a conduit of information to the communities we serve about the on-going need for philanthropic support.  They also provide influence to guide other organizations, both for- and not-for-profit to see the benefits in partnering to provide a greater range of services to the community.  The individuals on the Advisory Board all assume a financial responsibility to support our mission by both direct support and leveraging the support of other community leaders.

Our “Blue Suits” Advisory Board is

●      Willing to invest financially in our work by supporting our fundraising efforts both personally and through their network

●      Using the power of their connections to provide critical introductions and facilitate collaborative ventures which benefits all stakeholders

●      Spreading the words organically about the work we are doing, the results our clients are experiencing and the impact this has on our communities

Our Application Process

  1. Attend an Introducing Meeting (Held 4x monthy)
  2. Review packet of documents including history of our success stories, and our business plan
  3. Attend at least 1 Board of Director meetings as a guest
  4. Submit application

Members will be chosen with a view to represent all areas of the county and all socio-economic demographics.  Ideally this Advisory Board would include

●      An Attorney

●      A CPA

●      A Banker

●      A Mental Health Professional

●      A NFP Professional

●      The owner of a Kane County small business

●      C-suite executive of a medium-large Kane County business


Once approved, all “Blue Suits Advisors will

●      Serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.

●      Serve without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties

●      Participate in regularly scheduled quarterly meetings that will typically last 90 minutes

●      Consider a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. The minimum yearly contribution requested for this board is $1000.  So that can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. 

●      Actively participate in as many events and activities as possible.  This includes both volunteer and fundraising activities and also open workshops and member and community events.  Honor a minimum commitment for support at each of two major fundraisers each fiscal year equilivant to the cost of two gold level sponsorships ($1000)

●      Provide leadership, governance and oversight

●      Review outcomes and metrics created by for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings 

●      Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the Managing Director 

●      Represent to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 

This board will meet quarterly on the third Monday of the first month of the quarter (October, January, April, July) at 7:00 PM at the office of the organization.  Meetings will typically last 90 minutes.