Member of the Board of Directors



Start Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


201 King of Prussia Road
United States


Our Mission

The Franklin Foundation for Innovation operates on the premise that public schools represent the best chance all American children have of being successful and solving tomorrow’s issues as innovators regardless of background or wealth. Our mission is to see that all children have access to public schools and the freedom and resources to innovate.

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Members of the Board support the work of the organization and provide mission-based leadership nd strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the organization's Executive Leadership, the Board's relationship with the executive team is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as s/he develops and implements The Franklin Foundation’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the organization for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving the organization’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO
  • Assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing The Franklin Foundation to stakeholders, donors, and partners; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring the organization’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities The Franklin Foundation serves


Board Members of the Foundation will consider it a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that The Franklin Foundation can credibly solicit contributions from other foundations, corporations, and individuals, The Franklin Foundation expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. There is no specific amount required. In addition to a personal contribution, Board Members are asked to leverage their personal and professional networks to help raise funds from others aligned with our mission and goals.

Board terms/participation

The Franklin Foundation’s Board Members will serve a four-year term to be eligible for re-election for additional terms. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about The Franklin Foundation’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to, and understanding of the public school infrastructure, the threats it faces, and the long-term impacts of a loss of innovation resulting from the decimation of that public school infrastructure
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, ingenuity, credibility, and a passion for protecting our public schools and ensuring all children have access to a public education

Service on The Franklin Foundation’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.



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