The BALSA Foundation is a non-profit organization run entirely by part-time volunteers. We rely on the energy and generosity of the St. Louis entrepreneurial community to fulfill our mission. Here are some ways you can help:
Be an Idea Supporter. Idea Supporters review business ideas of first time entrepreneurs in a critical but constructive way, and are the backbone of our Idea Support program. Idea Supporters have significant business or entrepreneurial experience and are willing to write a thoughtful review roughly once a month or two. See list of Idea Supporters.
Be a Volunteer. Volunteers work with officers on specific tasks and typically contribute 1-3 hours per week. We are looking for help in a number of areas, including social media, community outreach, photography/video work, and web site development.
Be an Officer. Officers work closely with the Executive Director to manage the Foundation's operations, and participate in governance as members of the Board of Directors. Officers are elected in September for one-year terms and generally contribute 5-10 hours per week.
Program Director - The Program Director’s (PD) primary responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day operations of the BALSA Foundation. In particular, the PD is responsible for managing the Idea Support program, the BALSA Grant application process, and the Learning Series. This officer position involves a volunteer commitment of about 5-10 hours/week through September 2018 and includes membership on the BALSA Foundation Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to build a strong professional network in the St. Louis business and entrepreneurial communities while making a real positive change in people’s lives.
Outreach Director - The Outreach Director’s (OD) primary responsibilities are to serve as the liaison to the St. Louis entrepreneurial community and to serve as a champion for the BALSA Foundation. The primary objective of the OD is to ensure first-time entrepreneurs, especially under-served individuals, throughout St. Louis are aware of the Foundation’s programs. The OD is responsible for fostering current connections with community support organizations and creating new ones, as well as developing a strategy for reaching first-time entrepreneurs throughout the St. Louis region. The OD is also responsible for managing public relations and communication through social media and traditional mass media outlets. This officer position involves a volunteer commitment of about 5-10 hours/week through September 2018 and includes membership on the BALSA Foundation Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to build a strong professional network in the St. Louis business and entrepreneurial communities while making a real positive change in people’s lives.
Contribute to the BALSA Grant Fund and In-Kind Donations. The BALSA Grant awards up to $10,000 in non-dilutive grants as well as professional services from local companies. We welcome both financial and in-kind donations to help fund the BALSA Grant. Donate here or contact us.
Spread the Word. Being a recognized resource for first time St. Louis entrepreneurs is central to our success. We prioritize outreach to minority, immigrant, and other under-resourced communities.
If you'd like to help in any way, please contact us! Your support of The BALSA Foundation helps empower our best and brightest to work toward a better, more equitable St. Louis.