Calling all social butterflies! We all know your place in young New York Society is defined by where you live, what parties you’re seen at, and which charities you support. So if you want to step up your social standing, it’s time to invest in sitting on a junior board or two. 

In the company of young professionals and socialites alike, you can fill your social calendar, increase your philanthropic footprint, and enjoy the elite society that New York City fosters like no other. Junior boards were created to groom young patrons into full-fledged board members one day, when your social connections and financial status allows. Start on a junior board and you’ll be rubbing elbows with the Lauren Santo Domingos of society in no time!

It’s time to leverage your social connections and bust out your wallets for these elite foundations and institutions. But remember, joining a junior board isn't all about glamorous parties and writing checks. Commitment is key, so you want to genuinely have a passion for what you are funding, especially when you’re up at 3 A.M. sending event invitations to your entire inbox.

Click through for some of the chicest boards on the scene.