Board Observer Program

Application deadline extended to 10/09/20 at 3:00 p.m. for the 2021 BOP cohort!

The award-winning Board Observer Program (BOP) serves a unique role for young lawyers and local nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region. This program provides young lawyers with the opportunity to volunteer and serve on a nonprofit board of directors. Board Observers learn about local legal services organizations and other nonprofits. They also gain leadership skills and strengthen their professional networks in ways that help them succeed in their future careers.

Participating nonprofits benefit from the energy and new ideas of these young lawyers and the broader nonprofit community is strengthened.

BOP is a partnership between the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (DLSC), and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association (YLD). Young lawyers experience first-hand the value of legal aid and other social services for people in need.

After completing their BOP year, many Board Observers continue serving in nonprofit board and leadership roles. Board Observers have often initiated innovative fundraising and program ideas for nonprofits in the Philadelphia region.

The Board Observer Program received the 2014 LexisNexis "Partnerships For Success" Award of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. The Award honors innovative and successful bar foundation / bar association partnerships.

Applications for the 2021 program are available through (deadline extended!) 10/09/2020 at 3:00 p.m.
2021 Board Observer Program - Participant Application
2021 Board Observer Program - Host Organization Expression of Interest Form



Details about the BOP Program

2020 BOP Participating Nonprofit Organizations

2019 BOP Participating Nonprofit Organizations

2018 BOP Participating NonProfit Organizations