Join the Flight
Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. Board members provide Foresight, Oversight, and insight, they scan the horizon for signs of trouble or opportunities to explore. Board members! your role as stewards of the nonprofits DOES involve fundraising and you have the important role as advocates for Project STEAL's mission. The vast majority of Board Members for nonprofits serve as volunteers without any compensation. Commitment will be detailed in the contract.
Board members are volunteer positions that are VITAL in what makes a nonprofit organization function and successful. Board members and the committees not only are the Faces of the organization, we ourselves put boots to the ground raising awareness for our cause, from fundraising to media appearances.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS?
• Attend all board and committee meetings and as many functions, such as special events, as possible.
• Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
• Prepare for board and committee meetings by reviewing the meeting agenda and supporting materials.
• Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments when your capacity allows.
• Make a personal financial contribution to the organization.
• Inform others about the organization. Advocate for the organization.
• Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
• Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
• Follow conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.
• Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s financial statements
Committees can be a practical way to structure and manage the board’s work. Sometimes a smaller group can be more focused and efficient in dealing with issues than the full board. A committee is created to provide counseling and advice for the board or to handle a task on the board’s agenda. Any recommendations made by a committee needs to be approved by the board, but remember, the board is not obligated to go with committee suggestions. Committees are more effective when their charter and scope of work is clearly defined by the board.
An effective committee has
Task Force/Ad Hoc Committee:
Each task force is unique, so the answers to questions concerning meeting frequency, membership, and size will vary. Task forces allow the board to concentrate on only pressing issues and avoid wasting board members’ time on activities that are not of strategic importance. Examples of these work groups would be a bylaws task force, tasked with reviewing the bylaws, or a search committee, tasked with leading the search for a new chief executive.
Also known as Cause Crusaders. While Board Ambassadors don't make the same decisions as Board Members, that are just as important in the functions they are tasked with. They are passionate about the cause, they understand what we do, and help advance the mission. Look at this list and see what you can tap into:
1. Speak publicly to community groups
2. Identify and introduce potential board members to your leadership team
3. Add new names (with permission) to the newsletter list
4. Post/share a message on social media twice a month
5. Volunteer at a community event and represent your organization
6. Identify potential new donors and introduce them to the Executive Director
7. Invite guests to your next event
8. Work with your company to set up an employee volunteer program
9. Serve on the Outreach/PR Committee
10. Host a friend-raiser (e.g. dinner, happy hour, etc. at home or business) as an opportunity to tell your organization’s story
11. Join your Executive Director at meetings with elected officials
12. Make thank you calls to donors
13. Invite friends and colleagues for a tour
14. Encourage others to volunteer in programs, at events or on committees
15. Forward the newsletter to members of your network who care about your mission
16. Write an op-ed about your mission work for a local publication
17. Invite staff to present at a brown bag at your office
18. Be proud to be a board member and share with your network (in person, email, social media, LinkedIn, etc)
19. Encourage your affinity groups to become a Giving Circle in support of your mission (alumni group, soccer team, walking club, etc.)
20. Enroll a team of Social Media Ambassadors who like, share and otherwise engage on various platforms.
They are an organization’s eyes and ears in the community — and the community’s eyes and ears within the organization. Wise volunteers help to ensure that an organization’s mission adapts to meet community needs and that the organization receives the recognition and support to sustain that mission. They create an environment that is conducive to effective fundraising. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form to be put on the waiting list to be notified of positions requested.