This article also appears on Engaging Volunteers.
VolunteerMatch is a lot of things, all at once. We’re a social enterprise, a web service, a volunteer engagement network, and a nonprofit. With so many facets to our organization, having a great board of directors is a hugely important way for us to stay focused on our mission.
This month we’re pleased to announce the addition of an exceptional leader in nonprofit technology to our board: Premal Shah.
As President of Kiva, the award-winning nonprofit lending platform, Premal brings deep experience in nonprofit management, leadership and governance to our team, as well as outstanding perspective on using emerging technology to make a difference.
Premal started working on the idea while working at PayPal in late 2004, and eventually quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life. For his work in micro-finance Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” list.
Premal’s arrival actually completes a trifecta of terrific recent additions to the VolunteerMatch board, including Holly Ross and Meg Garlinghouse:
Holly Ross is well known in the nonprofit sector as the Executive Director at NTEN, the leading membership organization for nonprofit professionals and technology. Holly has been recognized four times by the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list, including most recently in 2012, and she is a leading voice for awareness and adoption of technology to make the world a better place.
Holly is equally ubiquitous at NTEN’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, where thousands of nonprofit professionals gather each year to learn about technology trends, as in print, where Holly has written influential books and articles that have helped shape our understanding of technology for social good.
Meg Garlinghouse is Head of Social Impact at Linkedin, and a twenty-year veteran at the intersection of causes and corporations. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Meg spent more than nine years in a senior role overseeing Yahoo! for Good, the internet company’s community involvement and social good initiative.
Today Meg is a passionate advocate for nonprofits and volunteering at the world’s leading social network for professionals, and a frequent public speaker on trends in CSR, employee volunteer engagement, and professional development. In addition to her new role at VolunteerMatch, Meg is also a board member for Network For Good.
Welcome, Premal – and thank you, all three, for your support of our work!