Case Study: Providence House

Natalie Leek-Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
& President
Providence House

The Power of BVU's Board Matching Program

One person can make a difference.  For Providence House, Ohio's first licensed crisis nursery, a board member referred by BVU provided valuable expertise and insight at the perfect time.

The Challenge

When Providence House was seeking to add additional talent and leadership to its board, the executive director turned to BVU's board matching program for help.  She asked BVU to identify board candidates who would complement the current board skill-set, as well as provide expertise that would guide the organization through a $20 million expansion that would enable the organization to offer emergency shelter to more children actively living in crisis.

How BVU Helped

BVU introduced Providence House to the vice president of a construction management company who was participating in BVU's board matching program.  He was interested in serving on the board of an organization that focused on inner-city children and/or provided housing and shelter.  He wanted to use his strategic planning, communications and construction skills to help break the cycle of poverty.

The Lasting Impact

As a result of this match, Providence House found a talented board member who quickly became a board leader, helping to research and secure the "right" professional project management, architectural and construction support for this significant expansion.  This board candidate also found an organization that not only fit his areas of mission interest, but where his skills were invaluable.  He truly made a difference to Providence House.