board membership

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Role & Time
Committment

Board members steer our 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 are not involved in the small day-to-day tasks of the organization.

Our board members make a two-year committment to the organization. Our full board meets one a month on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.

Members all participate in one committee. Our current standing committees include Governance, Finance and Fundraising, and Community Engagement.

Member expectations

Board members are expected to review all financial and governance documents provided to them before meetings and be prepared to discuss them. All members are expected to attend a minimum of 9 of 12 meetings per year for both full board and committee meetings.

Each member is ask to contibute a personal donation of significance, with a minimum of $100. In addition, there is a fundraising minimum of $500 each year. A number of fundraising opportunities and materials are provided throughout the calendar year to assist our board members in reaching their goals.

skills and experience

We do not require any specific skills or experience with board membership to participate, though we always highly value the following skills:

  • Nonprofit law

  • Fundraising

  • Grant Writing

  • HR / Personnel Management

  • Finance / Budgeting

  • Development / Donor Relations

Members will develop and improve on many of these skills during their time with us. 

member responsibility

 In addition to Washington state laws, the legal duties of nonprofit board members includes duty of care, the duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience.

  • Care: The responsibility for making informed judgments lies with the board member, which means they need to secure facts and ask questions to get clarity of the issues.

  • Loyalty: Board members must cast aside any personal or professional interests and place the interests of the non-profit ahead of them, and keep confidentiality.

  • Obedience: Board members have the responsibility for making sure that the organization complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.